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The Colossus of New York

USA 1958
produced by
William Alland for Paramount
directed by Eugène Lourié
starring John Baragrey, Mala Powers, Otto Kruger, Robert Hutton, Ross Martin, Charles Herbert, Ed Wolff
story by Willis Goldbeck, screenplay by Thelma Schnee, music by Van Cleave, special effects by John P.Fulton, Colossus-costume by Charles Gemora, Ralph Jester

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Scientist Jeremy Spensser (Ross Martin), a genius if there ever was one and on the brink of discovering the cure for world hunger, dies in a freak car accident - so his father William (Otto Kruger), a brilliant brain surgeon, and his brother Henry (John Baragrey), a genius technician who has nevertheless always been jealous of his brother's success, build a robot to house his brain. When Jeremy comes back to life though as the robot Colossus (Ed Wolff), he's pretty cranky, because he doesn't really want to be a robot, but soon also feels superior to humans and decides the annihilation of the human race - and his newly acquired hypnotic powers and the ability to shoot death rays from his eyes (where the hell did he get those powers from?) sure come in handy. Colossus is able to have a loving relationship only with his son Billy (Charles Herbert), while he shoots his brother Henry after he finds out he tried to get into his wife's (Mala Powers) panties.

Ultimately, Colossus enters the UN-building and shoots people quite randomly, but there is still a little bit good left in him, so he has hypnotized his father into bringing Billy to the UN, as Billy is the only one he lets near himself and thus the only one who can push Colossus' off-switch (which was designed in a way that he can't reach it and turn himself off). And thus, Billy saves the day - and humankind, too.


The best thing about this film is the robot design, that looks just as cold-hearted as the character is supposed to be, and Colossus on the poster alone makes this one a must-see for every serious science fiction film. The film that hides behind that poster though is nothing short of horrible, an incredibly cheesy, childish, overlong (at a mere 70 minutes!) and pretty boring tale about a mad robot who is finally bested by the love to a little boy. And within the film, colossus doesn't even habve that many menacing scenes, he is actually seen more often playing with the boy than doing anything else - thus after a time you come to ask yourself what's the point of the whole story to begin with.

Pretty bad and pretty disappointing.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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