A ten-year-old boy and Robby the Robot team up to prevent a supercomputer from controlling the Earth from a satellite.
Edmund Cooper’s original short story made no mention of a robot, but, following the success of Forbidden Planet (1956), producer Nicholas Nayfack persuaded Cyril Hume to rework it as a vehicle for Robby the Robot.
The parallel between young Timmie Merrinoe (Richard Eyer) being groomed for greatness by his scientist father (Philip Abbott), and Robby’s rebellion against the megalomaniac supercomputer is neatly drawn.
But younger viewers will be more interested in Robby and Timmie’s invisible antics (designed to teach his folks a lesson) than any cornball moralising.
Dr Tom Merrinoe
Harold J. Stone
Prof. Frank Allerton
Robert H. Harris
Robby the Robot
Jefferson Dudley Searles