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The Cosmic Man (1959)
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The Cosmic Man (1959) Dir. Herbert Greene
Futura Productions, released by Allied Artists
73 min. / B&W / 1.85:1
DVD: Image Entertainment

ITB Strange Science Cinema #155

A giant golfball from space is hovering in the air above Bronson Canyon, and amongst the interested and/or concerned citizenry are army officers who want it for the weapons it may hold, scientists who want to study it for the advances in science it offers, and a local widowed mom who is pretty much is there only to be hit on by every guy in the cast. Oh, and mom has a young scientific genius son who's dying of polio. Well, one night out of the golf ball strolls John Carradine, who fluctuates from being a see-through shadow in a cape who likes to peek in the window while women are reclining together on the sofa in their underwear(!) to a visible man wearing clothes from the Goodwill and the thick glasses Shemp wore when he played a "blind dentist" in those Three Stooges shorts. He brings a message of peace (seemingly) but he simply doesn't get along with anybody, much.

Another rarity that I'd never seen and to be frank, much better than I was expecting or maybe it only seems that way after last week's movie. Oh, I'm not going to say this isn't a low-rent ripoff of, well, something else, down to the fatherless kid and the spaceman correcting a "brilliant scientist's" math errors. The cast helps: Bruce Bennett is the lead scientist, John Carradine is the Cosmic Man (and that's what everybody calls him), Paul Langton is the Colonel in charge of capturing spacemen and stealing anything that looks as if it could possibly be a weapon, and somebody named Angela Greene (any relation to the director?) is mom. She's very, very pretty and can act well enough to assay THIS part; the problem is the script, which causes her to ricochet between flirting with every man in the cast, sadly contemplating that her son will never grow up, and screaming "IT WAS HORRIBLE" when she sees a shadow in her living room. What with all this going on, when she explains that her son's father was "killed in Korea" you get the idea that she has no idea whatsoever WHO the kid's father really was.

Million-dollar Dialog:
Message from the Cosmic Man: "We are not concerned with your international politics, General. It is your philosophy that concerns us."

Amen, Cosmic Man.

An okay movie and the DVD is fine but in the wrong aspect ratio, blow it up on your screen and fill all the dead space at the top of the image. This was one of the first of the sci-fiers of the 1950s that Image released.

Also on the Program

For the kiddies, a trio of cartoons, including He Dood It Again (1943); a group of mice who invade a diner at night (but not to eat, surprisingly: they like to play the jukebox and jitterbug) are attacked by cats, and call Super Mouse to help. We learn that Super Mouse wears his (blue and red) outfit when he's just hangin' out in at home in the supermarket, but doesn't tie on his cape until such time as he has to go fly somewhere. A fun cartoon, really enjoying these. Next up was I'm Cold (1954); Chilly Willy is back for his second adventure, the first directed by Tex Avery, and he's the silent, well-rounded character we know and love, battling a watch dog (in the voice that would later be Huckleberry Hound) to get a fur coat from the storage shed. Great stuff. Finally, another very funny Mr. Magoo cartoon, Bungled Bungalow: somebody has stolen Magoo's house, and he doesn't even notice.

Then it was the 7th sensational episode of Blackhawk, "Mystery Fuel," in which everything gets all blowed up, and trailers for next week's dynamic double-feature, an all-time fave duo, The Killer Shrews and The Giant Gila Monster. Wow-de-wow-WOW!
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Jan 21 2018, 11:52 AM
John Carradine is the Cosmic Man (and that's what everybody calls him)
I bet his friends call him "Cos" for short.
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