The Invisible Boy 1957

The Invisible Boy

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Timmie (Richard Eyer), a mischievous 10-year-old boy, is plopped in front of a supercomputer by his scientist father, Dr. Tom (Philip Abbott). The computer, however, secretly gives Timmie super-intelligence and he's soon able to reanimate a robot named Robbie. Timmie and Robbie become best friends, embarking on a series of lighthearted pranks. But when Robbie starts taking orders from the evil supercomputer, Timmie must choose between his best friend and the safety of the world.

Cast

Richard Eyer
as Timmie Merrinoe
Diane Brewster
as Mary Merrinoe
Philip Abbott
as Dr. Tom Merrinoe
Harold J. Stone
as Gen. Swayne
Robert H. Harris
as Prof. Allerton
Dennis McCarthy
as Col. Macklin
Alexander Lockwood
as Arthur Kelvaney
John O'Malley
as Dr. Baine
Gage Clarke
as Dr. Bannerman (uncredited)
Than Wyenn
as Prof. Zeller (uncredited)
Jefferson Dudley Searles
as Prof. Foster (uncredited)
Alfred Linder
as Martin / Computer (uncredited) (voice)
Ralph Votrian
as MP at gate (uncredited)
Michael B. Miller
as MP at gate (uncredited)
Marvin Miller
as Robby the Robot
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  • Aug 03, 2009
    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.
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