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Forbidden Planet (MGM 1956, Walter Pidgeon, Leslie Nielsen)

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Shakespeare’s The Tempest is transformed in this landmark science-fiction film with groundbreaking special effects. Spacemen travel to a planet ruled by expatriate Walter Pidgeon, who has built a kingdom with his daughter and obedient robot Robby. There the good doctor is plagued by his mad quest for knowledge through his ‘brain booster’ machine, and by Freudian ‘monsters from the id,’ as his daughter discovers other men and learns to kiss.

Forbidden Planet was Leslie Nielsen’s first movie role. He was a radio announcer and a deejay before becoming an actor, and he did television work before he made his first film.

production details
Country: USA | MGM | 98 minutes
Release Year: 1956

Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Producer: Nicholas Nayfack
Original Story: Allen Adler, Irving Block
Cinematography: : George J. Folsey
Editors: George Folsey Jr., Ferris Webster
Music: Bebe Barron, Louis Barron
Script: Cyril Hume
Production Design: Cedric Gibbons, Arthur Lonergan
Special Effects: A. Arnold Gillespie, Joshua Meador, Warren Newcombe, Irving Reis

cast
Walter Pidgeon as Dr. Edward Morbius
Earl Holliman as Cookie
George Wallace as Bosun
Jimmy Thompson as Youngerford
Warren Stevens as Lt. ‘Doc’ Ostrow
Leslie Nielsen as Commander John J. Adams
James Drury as Crewman Strong
Jack Kelly as Lt. Jerry Farman
Richard Anderson as Chief Engineer Quinn
Anne Francis as Altaira Morbius
Robert Dix as Grey
Harry Harvey Jr. as Crewman Randall
Roger McGee as Crewman Lindstrom
Peter Miller as Crewman Moran
Morgan Jones as Crewman Nichols
Richard Grant as Crewman Silvers
William Boyett as Crewman (uncredited)
Frankie Darro as Robby the Robot (uncredited)
James Best as Crewman (uncredited)
Marvin Miller as Robby the Robot (voice) (uncredited)
Robby the Robot as Robby

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