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A planet called the Outsider has entered our solar system and is
threatening to crash earth. Only Professor Benson (Claude Rains), an
eccentric and arrogant scientist who hardly ever leaves what he calls his den,
thinks otherwise - and wouldn't you know it, once close enough, the
Outsider doesn't crash Earth but orbits her.
Earth officials now want to blow up the Outsider, but Benson tells them
not to. They do anyhow and soon enough regret it when earth spaceships are
attacked by flying saucers and shot out of space one after the other. But
enter crack pilot/scientist Fred Steele (Umberto Orsini), who finds a way
to outmaneuve one of the saucers and send it crashing to earth. Once the
saucer is investigated though, it turns out to be crew-less and controlled
by a computer. Somehow, Benson gets his hands on the computer and finds
out how it works and how to use it to control the other flying saucers. So
the next time an earth battleship goes up into space, it has the computer
with it - which somehow makes the saucers destroy one another.
With the Outsider defenseless, earth wants to blow it up immediately,
but Benson himself wants to go to the planet to investigate first.
Up on the planet, Benson and crew find a system of caverns that reveal
the secrets of this planet: It was once inhabited by an alien race, that
to escape extinction, have steered their planet to space to find another
planet to live on - but they became extinct anyhow. The planets main
computer though was still working after their death and was making its way
towards earth, where it now causes all kinds of natural desasters.
In the end, earth officials blow up the planet and the professor's crew
make it off the planet just in time - only the professor himself stays
behind, as he finds fulfillment in communicating witht he planet's
computer, even if that means his death ...
An extended subplot tells about the love story between crack
pilot/scientist Fred Steele and Benson's personal assistant Eve (Maya
Of course, from today's point of view, many miniature effects featured
in this film and many futuristic sets might look a tad ridiculous,
on the other hand, if you prefer good old plastic miniatures to
all-too-slick CGI-effects and like these weird, almost psychedelic 1960's
designs like I do, you might like this one. Furthermore the script of the
film is quite ok (considering this is a film about a runaway planet and
UFOs of course) and director Antonio Margheriti (in only his second film)
proves to be craftsman enough to bring this film to life.