The Invisible Boy (1957)

The Invisible Boy (1957)

The Invisible Boy





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Forbidden Planet's Robby the Robot becomes the best friend of a lonely young boy (Richard Eyer).

Rating: G
Genre: Action & Adventure, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Cyril Hume
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 22, 1993


as Timmie Merrinoe

as Mary Merrinoe

as Dr. Tom Merrinoe

as Gen. Swayne

as Prof. Allerton

as Col. Macklin

as Arthur Kelvaney

as Dr. Baine

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In declaring it ripe for the MST3K treatment, I'm really saying that if you don't like movies, you might have a good time going after this one.

Full Review… | December 20, 2007
Film Freak Central

Adults as well as children should be entertained by this sci-fier that succeeds without much technological gadgetry, instead relying on its charm.

Full Review… | May 7, 2004
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This was included on the 50th Anniversary Special Edition DVD of Forbidden Planet. Robby the Robot, who I think is way too clunky and old-fashioned, is recycled for use in this awful film. The boy, Timmie (Eyer), is a complete brat and I didn't like the character at all. His father, a scientist, is disappointed that his boy can't play chess and that he does not have the same interest in science. The father has built and programmed a humongous computer for a secret military research facility. The computer's "head" is the same sort of vacuum tube that shapes Robby's head. It is one of many ridiculous scenes when the father takes his son to learn chess from the computer. The computer speaks, but in 50's fashion has LOTS of blinking panels. It hypnotizes the boy! The boy can now win chess, reconstruct Robby the Robot, and by plugging the room sized computer into Robby, remove Robby's basic directive forbidding bodily injury to humans. The super computer is malevolent. Timmie has fun causing mischief including having Robby make him invisible. Meanwhile, Timmie's father has to deal with rival scientists and scheming military officers. There are murders. There are computer chip things imbedded to allow the computer to control nearly every character. There is a rocket launch. The dialog is all terrible. The characters are all shallow stereotypes. The plot is all over the place and ludicrous.

Byron Brubaker

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Great for Those Who Love Child Abuse

The main "feature" of this movie is watching the poor child getting the hell spanked out of him time and time again for over an hour and a half.

It's hard to imagine how someone could allow that to happen. But, it did. The writer, director and actors all seem to be fine with subjecting this child to endless humiliation. And, the actors who portrayed the mother and father seem to really be getting off on it.

Maybe they recruited them from Nazis who worked the extermination camps? Or, maybe Catholic priests who were taking breaks from raping children?

Hard to know. But, as a child of abuse, this really sickened me. And, it shouldn't be shown, on Turner Classic Movies, or anywhere else.

* (1 Out of 10 Stars)


Robby the Robot of Forbidden Planet returns in this "follow-up" to play sidekick to a dumb kid, who's dad is a scientist (yet still a moron) and has a mom that is basically June Cleaver. The kid rebuilds Robby (a feat no one is even boggled by even though the kid can't do fractions...) and then fixes the robot so he can pretty much kill the kid. Kid turns invisible, parents are hardly phased...and then I found that this film wasn't going to end for another hour...and I gave up...

Ken Scheck

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