Film (1954). Ivan Tors/United Artists. Directed and edited by Herbert L Strock, starring Richard Egan, Constance Dowling, Herbert Marshall. Screenplay Tom Taggart, from a story by Tors. 85 minutes. 3-D. Colour.
In this slow-moving film, originally in 3-D, experiments are being carried out on human subjects in a secret Underground laboratory to determine whether manned space flight is possible. Various pieces of equipment start to behave in a lethal fashion: a man loses his life in a centrifuge, another is frozen to death in a high-altitude chamber, a third is killed by high-frequency sound. Finally two experimental Robots, Gog and Magog, go berserk. These accidents turn out to be the work of a foreign power which has taken over the lab's Computer by means of instructions transmitted from a high-flying aircraft. The film's style is similar to that of the television series Science Fiction Theatre (1955-1957), also produced by Tors. [JB/PN]
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