The Invisible Boy (1957)

The Invisible Boy


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Movie Info

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

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Critic Reviews for The Invisible Boy

All Critics (2)

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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Audience Reviews for The Invisible Boy


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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