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Tobor the Great(1954)

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The working title of the film was Tobor. Voice-over narration at the start of the film begins: "This is a story of the future, but not the very distant future." In a documentary style, the narration then relates a fictional description of the growth of space travel and atomic power from the years following World War II to the film's setting. Several Hollywood Reporter news items and production charts reported that the film would be shot in color and Vistarama wide-screen, but it was released in black and white with a 1.66:1 aspect ratio. According to a June 1953 Daily Variety news item, Edward Ludwig was to direct the film and Richard Carlson was being considered for the lead role. Although his appearance in the film has not been confirmed, a January 1954 Hollywood Reporter news item adds Charles Wagenheim to the cast.
       According to a modern source, portions of the film were shot at the Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth, CA. A February 1954 Los Angeles Times news item reported that Dudley Pictures Corp. planned a sequel to Tobor the Great called Tobor Returns. It was never produced, however. The company planned for a thirteen-episode television series written by Arnold Belgard, according to a March 1955 Hollywood Reporter news item, but this did not come to fruition. A modern source reported that the prop robot used in the film, after being bought at auction in 1965, was later stolen from a Los Angeles antique shop and never seen again.