Here Comes Tobor

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The title for the pilot episode

Here Comes Tobor (1956) was a proposed American science-fiction television series, meant as a spin-off off the 1954 film Tobor the Great.[1] It was produced for the 1956–1957 season.[2] However, the project was not aired and only a pilot episode was filmed.[3]

Tobor ('Robot' spelled backwards) was a nine-foot-tall robot that had come into the control of the U.S. government.[3][2] In Here Comes Tobor, Tobor is owned by Professor Bruce Adams (played by Arthur Space) and mind-controlled by Adam's nephew Tommy (Tommy was played by Tommy Terrell although Billboard erroneously stated at the time that eleven-year-old actor Tiger Fafara had been cast for the role).[3][4] Tommy is, in the series, able to control Tobor through an ESP detector. Moreover, his IQ is supposedly the highest ever registered.[5] Bruce Cowling was also cast for a role.[4]

The pilot episode

In the pilot, Professor Adams runs the Adams Research Center. The plot of the pilot episode centers on a search for a missing nuclear submarine, which Professor Adams and Tobor help the U.S. Navy to find. The credits of the pilot episode read "Tobor played by Tobor".[3]

Here Comes Tobor was produced by Guild Films and was shot in Hollywood by co-producer Carl Dudley.[6] The theme of Here Comes Tobor was composed by Howard Jackson.[3] The pilot cost around $50,000 to produce. After having failed to sell the pilot for the 1956–1957 season, Guild Films made renewed attempts to merchandise it during 1957.[7]

DVD release[edit]

The pilot of Here Comes Tobor was released on Region 0 DVD-R by Alpha Video on February 26, 2008.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://robotsinfilm.com/robots-in-television/here-comes-tobor/
  2. ^ a b Billboard 21 apr 1956. p. 14
  3. ^ a b c d e Terrace, Vincent. Crime Fighting Heroes of Television: Over 10,000 Facts from 151 Shows, 1949-2001. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2002. p. 79
  4. ^ a b Billboard 14 apr 1956. p. 4
  5. ^ Terrace, Vincent. Encyclopedia of Television Subjects, Themes and Settings. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co, 2007. p. 120
  6. ^ Billboard 7 apr 1956. p. 8
  7. ^ Sponsor, Volume 11. p. 40
  8. ^ "Alpha Video - Here Comes Tobor". Retrieved 2015-03-15.