The Man From Planet X

Release Date: March 9, 1951
Starring Robert Clarke as John Lawrence
Margaret Field as Enid Elliot
Raymond Bond as Prof. Elliot
William Schallat as Dr. Mears
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Producer: Jack Pollexfen, Audrey Wisberg
Writer: Audrey Wisberg
Cinematographer: John L. Russell
Music: Charles Koff
Editor: Fred R. Feitshang, Jr.
Distributer: United Artists
Time: BW 70 min.
Budget: $50,000 (est.)

The Man From Planet X is not available on DVD.

Interesting Tidbits

Robert Clarke received a salary of $350 per week for his role. The Man From Planet X started filming on December 13, 1950 at the Hal Roach Studios located in Culver City, California. Principal photography was completed only six days later.

As a cost cutting measure, sets from the 1948 movie Joan of Arc starring Ingrid Bergman were used.

Margaret Field is the mother of actress Sally Field. William Schallat had a brief (uncredited) appearance in the beginning minutes of Them!

The Plot

An alien visitor arrives at an observatory on the moors of Scotland. An ostensibly friendly alien acts as an advance scout to lead his civilization from its dying planet, to Earth. His advanced civilization was able to alter its planet's course to intersect with the Earth, "through scientific degravitation" yet for some reason, was unable to keep it from freezing in its original orbit, and seemed incapable of designing a practical spacesuit. For some other unexplained reason, the fate of his entire race is entrusted to this single scout.