Tobor the Great



Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 63%
IMDb Rating 5.3 10 550


Uploaded By: FREEMAN
Downloaded 24,139 times
January 18, 2018 at 12:56 AM



William Schallert as Johnston - a Reporter
Lyle Talbot as An Admiral
720p.BLU 1080p.BLU
538.44 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 17 min
P/S counting...
1.14 GB
23.976 fps
1hr 17 min
P/S 2 / 6

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Scott LeBrun 6 / 10

Gimmickses. Always gimmickses.

"Tobor the Great" is lightly amusing, engaging sci-fi, which could well be described as the tale of "a boy and his robot". People such as Dr. Ralph Harrison (Charles Drake, "It Came from Outer Space") and the eminent Professor Arnold Nordstrom (Taylor Holmes, "Kiss of Death" '47) don't believe that human beings should be subjected to the unknown perils of space travel. So Nordstrom has hit upon the answer: the title robot, which has been designed to be a sentient being which people can communicate with telepathically. When enemy agents kidnap Nordstrom and his grandson "Gadge" (Billy Chapin, "The Night of the Hunter"), to force the old man to divulge his secrets, Tobor swings (so to speak) into action.

There's a lot of set-up to get to the pay-off in this minor but diverting, and mostly harmless, story. Tobor may be no Robby the Robot, but "he" is a fairly cool character nonetheless. The movie is always fun when Tobor is stomping around, breaking things, offering a hand in friendship, foiling the bad guys...and, in the movies' most priceless sequence, driving a jeep.

Some of the human characters take some time getting used to. Harrison comes off as a volatile jerk at first, and "Gadge" is the perfect stereotype of a kid of that era, given to proclamations such as "Gosh!" and "Gee willikers!" But the cast delivers amiable performances (they're NOT terrible). Also co-starring are Karin Booth ("Jungle Man-Eaters"), Steven Geray ("Spellbound"), Hal Baylor ("A Boy and His Dog"), Peter Brocco ("Johnny Got His Gun"), Alan Reynolds ("Cape Fear" '62), William Schallert ('The Patty Duke Show'), Robert Shayne ('Adventures of Superman'), and Lyle Talbot ("Plan 9 from Outer Space"). Holmes has a warm, wise presence as the egghead who sets the story in motion.

As was said, it's not completely harmless. People may wince at the fact that the bad guys are prepared to torture young Gadge to get the old man to spill the beans.

Fortunately, "Tobor the Great" never dwells too long on unpleasantness, and heads towards a rousing conclusion where our hero robot saves the day. Fans of 1950s sci-fi may find it charming.

Six out of 10.

Reviewed by Hullumaja Puffet 3 / 10

Man-made monster with every human emotion

'Tobor the Great', wow what a title. If you're a fan of cheesy B-movies from '50s, you know you have to see the film titled like that. 'Tobor the Great' doesn't serve as a monster movie, it is a film more about the kid and his pet robot. Heartwarming science-fiction comedy that could be a classic. Although fairly entertaining the film is quite slow in the pace and uses the ideas presented in the script in very shallow way.

After his concerns about human testing on pilots Professor Nordstrom (Taylor Holmes) invents a robot named Tobor (robot spelled backwards) to fly the first spaceship. He is helped by his colleague Ralph Harrison (Charles Drake) who resigned his government job in protest against human testings on pilots. Nordstrom's grandson Gadge (Billy Chapin) discovers Tobor and they became sort of a friends. Of course, an evil foreign agents want to steal the secrets behind Tobor.

The film is slow moving and its many subplots are underdeveloped exactly like the main premise. Acting is uneven but not too distracting. Special effects are actually very good considering the era and the budget. At least the design of Tobor is not totally laughable. Like I said, 'Tobor the Great' could have been classic, but it is too unpretentious and modest in all the wrong reasons. Still worthy enough to give it a look.

Reviewed by Outerlimitsfan 9 / 10

much better than you expect...

I saw this in the theater as a kid and in true fifties style the guy in the robot suit made an appearance in the lobby of the theater! How cool was that!!?? Even after all these years I still find this film charming. In my opinion the robot is spectacular! (especially for this low budget) You can just tell he was designed in the 50s. I even found a guy on the internet who is selling "TOBAR" full sized and it looks like an excellent reproduction! I find the "bad guys" very amusing and everybody has those cool 1950s cars! The scene of the robot driving a Jeep is not to be missed! Now fess up, don't you wish you had a robot like TOBAR to play with? Several reviewers downplayed this as a kiddy movie, but I find the effects and cold war sub plot pretty entertaining!

Read more IMDb reviews


Be the first to leave a comment