The Cosmic Man (1959)

Article #1124 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 4-12-2004
Posting Date: 9-9-2004
Directed by Herbert S. Green
Featuring John Carradine, Bruce Bennett, Angela Greene

Scientists and the military investigate a spacecraft that comes to earth and hangs suspended in the air. Meanwhile, a resident of the spacecraft is prowling around the neighborhood.

Basically, what we have here is another low-budget stab at THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. It tries to be more mysterious by not allowing the alien to take center stage, but it constantly borrows from its source so as to leave little doubt as to whether the alien is a good guy or not. In short, he comes to earth, and then stays at an inn where he befriends the son of a single mother; he visits the lab of a scientist and solves one of his problems for him, and he visits a national landmark. Okay, I’m stretching the last one, but the saucer does land near Bronson Caverns. When it’s not borrowing from TDTESS, it has scenes of a) scientists talking pseudoscience, b) scientists arguing with military men, and c) really bad romantic scenes. John Carradine plays the cosmic man; he’s either shot in negative or bundled up in clothes and wearing what looks like a pair of gag glasses; they look like the type that Ernie Kovacs wore when he played Percy Dovetonsils. About the only recommendation I can give is that it is more fun than STRANGER FROM VENUS.

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