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With: Robert Clarke, Margaret Field, Raymond Bond, William Schallert, Roy Engel, David Ormont, Gilbert Fallman
Written by: Aubrey Wisberg, Jack Pollexfen
Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 70
Date: 03/09/1951

The Man from Planet X (1951)

3 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Edgar G. Ulmer directed this 71-minute sci-fi film, and while it contains perhaps too much time-filling footage of people walking back and forth across the Scottish moors to the site of a crashed UFO, it still has Ulmer's unique touch, and a surprisingly sophisticated view of the situation, viewing the alien as neither purely good, nor purely evil. The alien — a fright mask under a glass dome — is also surprisingly creepy. As Professor Elliot (Raymond Bond) tracks the progress of the mysterious Planet X, which is passing by the Earth, the creature is discovered by the professor's daughter Enid (Margaret Field) and journalist John Lawrence (Robert Clarke). It must be decided if the creature is to be studied or destroyed (or both).

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