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TCM 31 Days of Oscar – Forbidden Planet

TCM 31 Days of Oscar - Forbidden Planet

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

I’ve challenged myself to watch a movie every day from Turner Classic Movie channel’s 31 Days of Oscar. And I’m going to be focusing on the movies I haven’t seen yet, with maybe just a few rewatch movies.

Here is my 2nd day and movie of my challenge to TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar.

Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet movie

The 360ยฐ Game: Walter Pidgeon was in The Red Danube and the Forbidden Planet. The next movie, Bad Day at Black Rock, stars Ann Francis.

1956 Science Fiction film

7 out of 10 Stars

Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Robby the Robot, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly, Richard Anderson, Earl Holliman and George Wallace.

Firsts: “Forbidden Planet is the first science fiction film in which humans are depicted traveling in a faster-than-light starship of their own creation. It was also the first science fiction film set entirely on another world in interstellar space, far away from planet Earth. Forbidden Planet also features Robby the Robot, one of the first film robots that was more than just a mechanical “tin can” on legs; Robby displays a distinct personality and is a complete supporting character in the film.” (Wikipedia)

And the Oscar didn’t go to… “Forbidden Planet… features special effects which were nominated for an Academy Award. Also nominated was the first groundbreaking use of an entirely electronic musical score by Bebe and Louis Barron.”

Short Synopsis: “A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet’s colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.” (IMDb)

My Thoughts: A fun campy Sci-fi thriller. Leslie Nelson sure was good looking when he was younger too. As for the storyline, I thought it was ok and pretty predictable at times too. Plus the sound effects and music helped decipher what’s alien-like or dangerous.

The play by play… a short film compared to the one I watched yesterday, Ben-Hur. (Spoilers Ahead)

Forbidden Planet

0:04 A young Leslie Nelson and the first beam transportation. At least, that’s what it looked like at first.

Forbidden Planet

0:13 Robby, the first Sci-fi robot.

0:18 The “Doctor” Morbius on the planet, is he Mad? No just wants solitude.

Forbidden Planet

0:22 And of course, the attractive female, Alta.

0:26 Alta’s “Friends”. Are they harmless animal wildlife?


0:34 Alta’s First Kiss. “Is that all there is?”

0:41 …”Valuable Government property was sabotaged.” And stranger things are happening. Welcome to the Twilight Zone.

Forbidden Planet

0:44 “What’s a Bathing Suit?” And the Commander is falling for Alta too now.


0:46 The Commander can kiss so much better apparently.

0:47 “Doc, something new has been added.” “Ohh, that’s going to complicate things a bit.” “Yeah.” And Alta’s “Friends” are jealous.

0:50 The story of “The Krell” Beings. And what the scientist, Morbius has been doing on the planet.


1:05 “Lieutenant, the fence is shorting!” And yet no one notices these big foot prints by an invisible being.

Forbidden Planet

1:08 “It’s started again.”


1:15 It’s The Krell! Or is that a gorilla-like Godzilla?

1:21 “All right, get everything aboard ship. We’re pulling out!” About time too.

1:25 “Monsters from the ID”. So that’s what those invisible things were. But of course the Commander Leslie Nelson hasn’t connected this.

1:31 Morbius’s Subconscious is Mad! And how can he solve that problem? Besides killing himself that is…

1:35 “I give you up!” Ah that’s how. And also the destruction of the planet too. But at least Alta, Robby, the Commander, and the other “shipmates” are alive. And Morbuis’s name “will shine like a beacon in the galaxy.”

(Gramps, Alta “sure wears a lot of makeup for being the only woman on this planet”).


5 thoughts on “TCM 31 Days of Oscar – Forbidden Planet

  1. I had a really enjoyable first watch of Forbidden Planet a couple of years ago and remember it so fondly that I was hesitant to revisit it, but after enjoying your post I think I’ll watch it again.
    “Leslie Nielsen as anything other than hilarious is, well, hilarious”

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    1. I’m glad I did get around to finally seeing this. And Leslie was pretty good in this film. If it’s ever on cable again, I might see it again myself. Glad that I helped you decide if you want to rewatch this or not.


  2. Forbidden Planet is one of those movies that casts a large shadow across the sci-fi genre. It’s kind of a dividing line for sci-fi films and it’s one of my favorites.

    And growing up in the 80s and 90s when Leslie Nielsen reinvented himself as a comedy actor, it’s a bit odd to see him play it so straight here. But that is precisely part of what made Airplane and the first Naked Gun work so well — Nielsen played the material perfectly straight and not like he was in on the joke.

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      1. He was good in all of them. But I found it funnier when he wasn’t as aware of the jokes. Same thing with the 66 Batman. It worked better when Adam West played it more seriously

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