The spaceship (a flying saucer known only as United Planets Cruiser C-57D) lands on planet Altair IV to discover what happened to the previous expedition. They are about to learn The Secret of the Krell. Comic relief is provided by the crew’s cook and sophisticated Robby the Robot. Stars include Walter Pidgeon as the father, Anne Francis as the daughter, and Leslie Nielsen as the saucer commander.
The Barrons were both college music majors and Minneapolis natives. Bebe studied with Henry Cowell at NY’s New School for Social Research. Louis adapted circuits in Norbert Wiener‘s 1948 book on cybernetics.
The newly-married couple were gifted with one of the first tape recorders in NYC. (*) In 1950 they completed the first US electronic music for magnetic tape, titled Heavenly Menagerie. They follow in 1952 with music for Ian Hugo‘s (*) 9-minute short The Bells of Atlantis . It catches the ear of MGM production-chief Dore Schary.
The movie even spawns 1989 jukebox musical Return to the Forbidden Planet in mid-80s Liverpool, moving to London’s West End in Sep. 1989. It also sees over 200 performances Off-Broadway. The show’s music consists of 50s and 60s rock classics.
The musical sees 2700 performances in NYC, with 2300 for the 1958 London version, which results in a UK#1 album.
A well-received 1964 film version stars Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison — and wins eight Oscars. Famous musical numbers include Wouldn’t It Be Loverly? , The Rain in Spain , I Could Have Danced All Night and many more.