One of the best (and still impressive) science fiction movies of the 1950s; atmospheric and stylish art direction, combined with an engaging alien score and the friend every kid wanted after seeing this movie, Robby the Robot, make it quite enjoyable: El Planeta Desconocido, Forbidden Planet.
Some very thoughtful movies came out of the 1950s science fiction cycle. Some of the others involved sexy alien women with dominatrix attitudes and big ray guns, lusting after earth men. Or, we went to them instead as Earthian astronauts, lusting after exotic alien women (oddly, all dressing the same way in tight fitting clothes) on distant planets. Take your pick, it was still fun.
An often overlooked science fiction movie, The Colossus of New York brings together themes we still struggle with, such as social responsibility, the misuse of great power for unethical reasons, and how much technology can influence a human being's balance between rationality and irrationality, leading to dire consequences for others.
More bizarre than peanut butter and Jiffy Lube (wait, I got that right?), comes El Monstruo De Marte, or Robot Monster for short. A movie even Ed Wood would be stymied by. It simply defies description. Imagine a movie beyond bad, beyond logic, and beyond any common sense you care to throw at it. You must see it. You must! The power of trashy, hilarious cinema compels you! And yes, even more bizarre, is the lobby card that someone actually had to, just had to, pencil in the outline of the beast shown in the scene photo. Mind you, this was done before the card went to print. You've got a gorilla-suited guy with a skull for a head (in the illustration anyway) wearing a diving-like helmet with rabbit ears. Who the *F* cares about the lizard in the photo?
Okay, look, I know it's not an adventure on the planet of pennies, but I'm trying a few new ways to either scan or photograph my lobby cards. I prefer scanning, (you can see the actual texture of the paper) but some cards can't be stitched back together after scanning both halves on a ledger-sized scanner, so photography is the next best thing I can do. And it is faster. Unless you have a 24 x 36 inches scanner located close to Westbury, New York, I think photography is the way to go. But if you do have a commercial scanner like that, call me, I'm coming over.
This is the Mexican lobby card for The Lost Planet (but not one called pennies), a 15 chapters, Columbia serial. Wikipedia says it's the last sound serial made, so that makes it worth seeing (along with the helmets).