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Forbidden Planet (1956)
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Forbidden Planet (1956) When an Earth mission arrives on Altair IV, they find that Dr. Edward Morbius and his beautiful daughter Altaira are the only survivors from the original expedition that had arrived some 20 years before. Morbius isn't exactly pleased to see them and would have preferred that they not even land their spaceship. He does his best to get them on their way but Commander Abrams and his men soon face an invisible force leading them to believe that Morbius and the girl are in danger. Morbius claims to know nothing of other life on the planet but does reveal there once existed a far superior race, now extinct, that left a huge subterranean industrial and scientific complex.

Movie Tagline:
IT'S OUT OF THIS WORLD! (original print ad

Title: Forbidden Planet
Release Date: March 15, 1956
Runtime: 98 mins
Genre: Romance
All Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Brimstone Pit Rating: 8.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With F

MPAA Rating: G

Director(s):
Fred M. Wilcox

Cast:
Walter Pidgeon ...Dr. Edward Morbius
Anne Francis ...Altaira 'Alta' Morbius
Leslie Nielsen ...Commander J. J. Adams
Warren Stevens ...Lt. 'Doc' Ostrow M.D.
Jack Kelly ...Lt. Jerry Farman
Richard Anderson ...Chief Quinn
Earl Holliman ...Cook
Robby the Robot ...Himself
George Wallace ...Bosun
Robert Dix ...Crewman Grey (as Bob Dix)
Jimmy Thompson ...Crewman youngerford
James Drury ...Crewman Strong
Harry Harvey Jr. ...Crewman Randall
Roger McGee ...Crewman Lindstrom
Peter Miller ...Crewman Moran
Morgan Jones ...Crewman Nichols
Richard Grant ...Crewman Silvers
James Best ...Crewman
William Boyett ...Crewman
Frankie Darro ...Robby the Robot
Marvin Miller ...Robby the Robot (voice)
Les Tremayne ...Narrator (voice)

Producer(s):
Nicholas Nayfack

Writer(s):
Cyril Hume
Irving Block
Allen Adler
William Shakespeare




Trailer(s):
Forbidden Planet Horror Film Trailer 1

More Movie Taglines:
  • IT'S OUT OF THIS WORLD! (original print ad
  • all caps)
  • Earthmen on a fabulous, peril-journey into outer space!
  • Amazing!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Commander John J. Adams: Nice climate you have here. High oxygen content. Robby the Robot: I seldom use it myself, sir. It promotes rust.
  • [to Altaira] Commander John J. Adams: I'm in command of 18 competitively selected super-perfect physical specimens with an average age of 24.6 who have been locked up in hyperspace for 378 days. It would have served you right if I hadn't... and he... oh go on, get out of here before I have you run out of the area under guard - and then I'll put more guards on the guards!
  • Doc Ostrow: The total potential here must be nothing less than astronomical. Dr. Edward Morbius: Nothing less. The number 10 raised almost literally to the power of infinity.
  • Dr. Edward Morbius: The fool, the meddling idiot! As though his ape's brain could contain the secrets of the Krell! Altaira: [shocked] Father, he's *dead*! Dr. Edward Morbius: He was warned, and now he's paid! Let him be buried with the other victims of human greed and folly! Altaira: [coldly] Morbius. You wanted me to make a choice. Now you've chosen for me. Dr. Edward Morbius: Alta? Altaira: [to Commander Adams] I'm ready to go with you, darling. [She runs up the stairs] Dr. Edward Morbius: Altaira! No!
  • Dr. Edward Morbius: Yes, a single machine, a cube 20 miles on each side.
Movie Trivia:
  • First mainstream film to have the music performed entirely by electronic instruments.
  • Louis Barron and Bebe Barron worked on the electronic soundtrack music "tonalities" for only three months, the length of time given them by Dore Schary, head of MGM. He authorized the studio to send them a complete workprint at Christmas 1955. They received the complete 35mm Eastmancolor workprint at New Year's 1956, a week later, still with many visual effects sequences missing and timed in with blank leader by editor Ferris Webster. From January 1, 1956 to April 1, 1956, they worked on the soundtrack score in their Greenwich Village studio in New York City while the film was in post-production in Culver City. The score was completed and delivered to MGM on April 1, 1956, and the film was released for a studio sneak preview soon afterward. The musician's union, however, objected to the soundtrack, and blocked the Barrons from being credited as "composers", hence the term "electronic tonalities".
  • Apart from the electronic tonalities composed by Louis Barron and Bebe Barron, the music score known to many as "Forbidden Planet Fanfare - Parts 1 & 2" on the original 1956 theatrical trailer was composed by André Previn, and pieced together seamlessly by an MGM music editor. The music was originally written by Previn for the MGM films Scene of the Crime (1949) and Bad Day at Black Rock (1955).
  • David Rose, composer of light orchestral music such as "Holiday For Strings", was originally hired to write the score. He was relieved of his contract by producer Dore Schary in December 1955 when Schary discovered avant-garde electronic music creators Louis and Bebe Barron in a nightclub in Greenwich Village, New York, and hired them on the spot. The only confirmed piece of music which still remains from Rose's discarded original score is his Main Title Theme, which he released as a single on MGM Records in 1956.
  • Loosely based on "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare.
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