🎥 Forbidden Planet – 1956
The story unfolds …
In the 23rd century, after more than a year’s journey, the United Planets starship C-57D arrives at the distant planet Altair IV to determine the fate of an expedition sent there 20 years before.
Dr. Edward Morbius, one of the original expedition’s scientists, warns the ship not to land for safety reasons, but Commander John J. Adams ignores Morbius’ warning.
Adams and Lieutenants Jerry Farman and “Doc” Ostrow are met by Robby the Robot, who transports them to Morbius’ residence. Morbius describes how all other members of their expedition had been killed one-by-one, by an unseen “planetary force” and how their ship was vaporized as the last survivors tried to lift off …
Only Morbius, his wife (who later died of natural causes), and their daughter Altaira were somehow immune. Morbius offers to help the starship return home, but Adams says he must receive further instructions from Earth.
The next day, Adams finds Farman kissing Altaira. Furious, he dresses down Farman and criticizes Altaira for being naive and wearing revealing clothes that make her too attractive. That night, an invisible intruder sabotages equipment aboard the starship. The next morning, Adams and Ostrow go to Morbius’ residence to discuss the intrusion.
While waiting, Adams happens upon Altaira swimming. After she dons a new, less revealing dress, Adams apologizes for his behaviour toward her, and they kiss. They are suddenly attacked by Altaira’s pet tiger, and Adams is forced to disintegrate it with his blaster.
Morbius appears and tells Adams and Ostrow that he has been studying artefacts of the Krell, a highly advanced race that perished overnight 200,000 years before. One such device enhances the intellect, which Morbius had used. He barely survived, but his intellectual capacity had doubled. Another is a vast 20 miles (32 km) square underground machine, still functioning, powered by 9,200 thermonuclear reactors, operating “in tandem”.
Adams tells Morbius he must share these discoveries with Earth. Morbius refuses, saying “humanity is not yet ready to receive such limitless power”.
Adams erects a force field fence around the starship, but the intruder easily passes through and murders Chief Engineer Quinn. Morbius warns Adams of his premonition of further deadly attacks. That night, the invisible intruder returns, outlined by the force field energy as the ship’s multiple blasters fire at it, with no effect.
The thing kills Farman and two other crewmen. When Morbius is awakened by Altaira’s screams, the creature suddenly vanishes.
Adams tries to persuade Altaira to leave. Ostrow sneaks away and uses the Krell intellect enhancer and is fatally injured. Before dying, he informs Adams that the Krell machine can create anything by mere thought, but the Krell forgot one thing: “monsters from the id”. The machine gave the Krell’s subconscious desires free rein with unlimited power, causing their extinction.
Adams states that Morbius’s enhanced subconscious had the machine create the thing that both killed the original expedition members and attacked his crewmen. Morbius refuses to believe him.
Altaira tells Morbius she is leaving with Adams. Robby detects the creature approaching from the southwest. Morbius commands Robby to kill it, but the robot knows it is Morbius and shuts down. Adams, Altaira, and Morbius hide in the Krell lab, but the creature melts its way through the thick doors.
Morbius accepts the truth, confronts and disowns his other self, and the Id monster vanishes, leaving Morbius fatally injured. Before he dies, he has Adams activate a planetary self-destruct system, warning them they must be far away in deep space. At a safe distance, Adams, Altaira, Robby, and the surviving crew watch the obliteration of Altair IV.
Adams reassures Altaira that in about a million years, the human race will become like the Krell, and these events will remind them they are, after all, not God. They embrace as C-57D heads back to Earth.
- Directed by : Fred M. Wilcox
- Screenplay by : Cyril Hume
- Story by : Irving Block and Allen Adler
- Produced by : Nicholas Nayfack
- Narrated by : Les Tremayne
- Cinematography : George J. Folsey
- Edited by : Ferris Webster
- Music by : Bebe and Louis Barron
- Production Company : Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
- Distributed by : Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
- Release Dates : March 3, 1956
- Walter Pidgeon as Dr. Edward Morbius
- Anne Francis as Altaira “Alta” Morbius
- Leslie Nielsen as Commander John J. Adams
- Warren Stevens as Lt. “Doc” Ostrow
- Jack Kelly as Lt. Jerry Farman
- Richard Anderson as Chief Quinn
- Earl Holliman as Cook
- George Wallace as Bosun
- Robert Dix as Crewman Grey
- Jimmy Thompson as Crewman Youngerford
- James Drury as Crewman Strong
- Harry Harvey Jr. as Crewman Randall
- Roger McGee as Crewman Lindstrom
- Peter Miller as Crewman Moran
- Morgan Jones as Crewman Nichols
- Richard Grant as Crewman Silvers
- Robby the Robot as Robby The Robot
- Frankie Darro as Robby the Robot
- Marvin Miller as the voice of Robby the Robot
- Les Tremayne as Narrator
- James Best as Crewman
- William Boyett as Crewman
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