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September 5, 2021

Behind the Scenes Photos of Anne Francis With Robby the Robot in a Promotion Shot for ‘Forbidden Planet’ (1956)

Forbidden Planet is a 1956 American science fiction film produced by Nicholas Nayfack, directed by Fred M. Wilcox and starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen. Shot in Eastmancolor and CinemaScope, it is considered one of the great science fiction films of the 1950s, and a precursor of contemporary science fiction cinema.

Forbidden Planet pioneered several aspects of science fiction cinema. It was the first science fiction film to depict humans traveling in a faster-than-light starship of their own creation. It was also the first to be set entirely on another planet in interstellar space, far away from Earth. The Robby the Robot character is one of the first film robots that was more than just a mechanical “tin can” on legs; Robby displays a distinct personality and is an integral supporting character in the film.

For author George R.R. Martin, the best science-fiction film ever made remains MGM’s 1956 Forbidden Planet. He was about 8 years old when he first saw it at the DeWitt Theater in Bayonne, New Jersey. “It was amazing,” Martin recalled. “At that time the big difference between science fiction in print and in movies was that science-fiction films were stupid. But Forbidden Planet got much of it right ... the special effects were state-of-the-art for the time. Robby the Robot was incredible. I’ve seen it over 100 times since.”


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