Forbidden Planet Flight Suit reused in 1960's The Time Machine

Discussion in 'Entertainment and Movie Talk' started by paulrw, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. paulrw

    paulrw New Member

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    Well I’ll be damned !

    I'm just rewatching George Pal’s 1960 film The Time Machine for the 100th time when I recognised a familiar costume in the scene where Rod Taylor witnesses a nuclear war. Several futuristic wardens were wearing a grey flight suit with ribbed chest details and a distinctive relief design on the shoulders.

    Then I recognised it !

    It was the same flight suit that Leslie Neilson wore in Forbidden Planet in 1956.


    Both films were made by MGM.
    Mentor Huebner is credited by IMDB as being in Art Department for both classic films.

    Helen Rose is listed as the costume designer on Forbidden Planet but I can’t find any record of her working on The Time Machine......but they are definitely the same costume !!....

    Did anyone else notice this ?
    I can’t find any reference on the interwebs?

    Do I get a Geek medal or at least an Honorary mention on the Big Bang Theory ?
  2. Tremas

    Tremas Sr Member

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    Nice find! :)

    You've got my vote! :D


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    There are actually a few other movies that use that too. i think theres even a twilight zone episode too that uses the same suit.
  4. micdavis

    micdavis Master Member

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    Look closely around the room where George uses the talking rings.

    What else do you see?
  5. robn1

    robn1 Master Member

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    Have you seen The Queen Of Outer Space?
  6. d_osborn

    d_osborn Sr Member

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    i saw that ep last week and noticed the FP suits. you beat me to it, haha!

    the episode is called "the little people" from season 3.
  7. paulrw

    paulrw New Member

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    ...the C-57D navigation globe...

    Well, if you're going to pick a classy classic Sci-fi flick to reuse Props from Forbidden Planet is about as iconic as they come...
  8. micdavis

    micdavis Master Member

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    Unfortunately it is for this reason that Kubrick wanted to have all the stuff from 2001 destroyed. So it wouldn't turn up in "B" movies later.

    Take a look at some other "famous" props.
  9. BAK55

    BAK55 Well-Known Member

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    Did anyone else notice this ?

    I guess I took it for granted this would be common knowledge.
  10. Krel

    Krel Sr Member

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    The silver suit in the first photo was made for FP. Originally they were going to have all of the crew wear radiation armor to remove C-57-D's main core, so they designed and made a costume. The studio then decided that it would be too expensive to make that many suits of radiation armor, so they just wore the duty costumes for the scene.

    They also used a FP uniform in "Atlantis, the Lost Continent", but dyed brown.

  11. Lost in Trek

    Lost in Trek Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Many episodes of the Twilight Zone as well as numerous other movies re-used props and costumes from Forbidden Planet.
  12. terryr

    terryr Sr Member

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    I wonder if that big globe was also used in The Day The Earth Stood Still? That one showed up on Star Trek, in the 'double universe ships'.

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