Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Forbidden Planet: Entry One

(Reader take note: this entry was originally posted on my other blog "My Monster Memories," but now that I am also doing one on Sci-Fi, it fits here even better. Hence, the re-post!)-Fred

I'm kicking things off with some images from my all-time favorite Sci-Fi movie, "Forbidden Planet." You might enjoy seeing these images if you haven't before, which highlight the sexy, impish Altaira, played by the lovely Anne Francis. One envies Robby, as Jerry Farnam said! This is only the first entry on the subject, there will be others with more photos and behind the scenes extras!

As a kid and teen I was keenly aware of Forbidden Planet through the monster movie mags and such, but it was one of those seemingly unattainable goals to see it. Finally, when I lived in Ft. Lauderdale FL as a teen, around 1978 I went to a showing at a nearby public library. I took along my Radio Shack flat tape recorder and sat near the projector, taping the whole thing. I was like a dream come true to finally see it! I listened to the tapes of it many time later, projector noise and all. Now I can take out my Special Edition DVD and watch it on the big plasma screen any time I want to. Who would have imagined that, back then? It would have seemed like a science fiction fantasy to me at the time.

Come back soon for more pictures!


  1. Great photos. Just think, as impressive as Robby was, Robert Kinoshita would go on to give us an equally famous robot ten years later for Lost in Space. (Fred has done a nice post on that robot as well.)

    I suppose we all have titles which elude us. For years I craved a viewing of Destination Moon, not getting to see it until '93. Then there's Fritz Lang's 1929 moon epic Frau im Mond (Woman in the Moon), which I'd first heard about back in the 70's. I had to wait until '07 when I finally got it on DVD!!

  2. Uplinking to a worldwide net of computers certainly WAS science fiction not so many years ago (it compensates for not having jetpacks and moonbases). And even more, being able to download VHS-rips of movies so obscure they don't even have a DVD release.