The Invisible Boy 1957

A ten-year-old boy and Robby the Robot team up to prevent a Super Computer from controlling the Earth from a satellite.

The Cast

Richard Eyer-Timmie Merrinoe
Philip Abbott-Dr. Tom Merrinoe
Diane Brewster-Mary Merrinoe
Harold J. Stone-Gen. Swayne
Robert H. Harris-Prof. Frank Allerton
Dennis McCarthy-Col. Macklin
Alexander Lockwood-Arthur Kelvaney
John O'Malley-Prof. Baine

The Director: Herman Hoffman
The Writers: Cyril Hume, Edmund Cooper
Music by: Les Baxter
Certificate : U

Film Trivia

Robby the Robot's appearance in the film was partly because it was so expensive to build him for Forbidden Planet (1956) that MGM felt obliged to use him in another project.
MGM released this film, which features a sequence set aboard an Earth-orbiting satellite, in October 1957, the same month in which the USSR inaugurated the Space Age by launching Sputnik.
Although shot in academy 1.37:1 aspect ratio (for later television airing) the theatrical--or *intended* (by the studio, producer, director and/or cinematographer)--aspect ratio of this film is 1.85:1 widescreen. Most modern 16x9 (1.78:1) televisions have a "zoom to width" picture option, essentially allowing the viewer to see the film as the director and cinematographer originally planned. It is easy to spot films shot this way, since all the titles and credits will still fit when properly cropped (they stay in the "middle" of the frame), and there is an unusual amount of "headroom" above the actors in medium and close-up shots when viewed uncropped. Quite often "mistakes"--like seeing equipment in the top or bottom of the uncropped frame--would never have been seen by a theater audience.
The computer set was also used in Desk Set (1957).