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.
The 360° 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)
0:04 A young Leslie Nelson and the first beam transportation. At least, that’s what it looked like at first.
0:13 Robby, the first Sci-fi robot.
0:18 The “Doctor” Morbius on the planet, is he Mad? No just wants solitude.
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.
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.
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”).