Bil’s rating (out of 5): B. USA, 1957. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Story by Edmund Cooper, Screenplay by Cyril Hume. Cinematography by Harold E. Wellman. Produced by Nicholas Nayfack. Music by Les Baxter. Production Design by Merrill Pye. Film Editing by John Faure.
MGM had spent so much creating the ridiculous Robby the Robot costume for Forbidden Planet that they got him cast in other projects to at least get him to earn his keep on the studio lot. This ridiculous bore has a very inane explanation for his existence in a twentieth century science lab that is visited by a researcher’s son. The tyke begins as a slouch at school but is promoted to precocious intelligence thanks to a dose of hypnosis from the lab’s super computer; then he puts Robby together and together they discover that the super computer is actually looking to take over the world. Terrible acting, writing and direction make it impossible to watch even as an indulgence in 50s Sci-Fi fun.