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Forbidden Planet

Directed by Fred M. Wilcox
Produced by Nicholas Nayfack
Written by Screenplay: Cyril Hume
Story: Irving Block & Allen Adler
Starring Walter Pidgeon
Leslie Nielsen
Anne Francis
Music by Louis and Bebe Barron
Cinematography George J. Folsey
Editing by Ferris Webster
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Release date April 1, 1956
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Forbidden Planet is another 1950s classic science fiction film. It stars a very young Leslie Nielsen, Walter Pidgeon and marks the debut of Robby the Robot. It is quite interesting but very talky in comparison to some of its contemporaries. The film is perhaps more intellectual than the other sci-fi films of the era.

It’s very interesting to see Leslie Nielsen in a serious role, 20 years before he appeared in Airplane!/Flying High! It is also interesting to see Robby the Robot before he was in Lost In Space. His voice is different here and he’s a bit annoying, but I still expected him to say, “Danger Wil Robinson!” but he didn’t.

The alien enemy Krell is interesting too and I like the way in which it was animated. It was animated by Disney veteran Joshua Meador.

Overall Forbidden Planet is intereting (that word again) but very talky and not as exciting in my opinion that some of the other films of the era.

Flying High!

Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker & Jerry Zucker
Produced by Jon Davison & Howard W. Koch
Written by Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker
Starring Robert Hays
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Julie Hagerty
Leslie Nielsen
Robert Stack
Lloyd Bridges
Peter Graves
Frank Ashmore
Lorna Patterson
Stephen Stucker
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography Joseph F. Biroc
Editing by Patrick Kennedy
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) June 27, 1980
Running time 87 min.
Country United States
Language English

I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley.

Flying High!, which is known as Airplane! in the USA is one of the funniest films ever made. It was showing on Channel 10 last night and I just had to watch it. (Even though I own the DVD!!!)

Joey, you like movies about gladiators?

The movie features lots of gags that just keep coming at the viewer at a fast pace. If one joke doesn’t work it doesn’t matter as there is always another one hot on its heels. Thankfully most of the jokes do work if only because they are just so out there and weird. The film is a spoof of the disaster movie genre

There are a lot of actors in this film such as Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves and Robert Stack who weren’t really known for comedy. The same can be said for Leslie Nielsen who was a serious actor before Airplane! but became more known for his comedy career since, with films such as the Naked Gun movies. Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also appears in the film as the co-pilot.

Anyway the film is hilarious. Even though I know so many of the jokes off by heart I still found myself laughing out loud very often. In particular Lloyd Bridges had me in stitches every time he said, “This was a bad week to give up…”. Just so friggin’ funny.