Here Comes Tobor
Here Comes Tobor (1956) was a proposed American science-fiction television series, meant as a spin-off off the 1954 film Tobor the Great. It was produced for the 1956–1957 season. However, the project was not aired and only a pilot episode was filmed.
Tobor ('Robot' spelled backwards) was a nine-foot-tall robot that had come into the control of the U.S. government. 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). Tommy is, in the series, able to control Tobor through an ESP detector. Moreover, his IQ is supposedly the highest ever registered. Bruce Cowling was also cast for a role.
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".
Here Comes Tobor was produced by Guild Films and was shot in Hollywood by co-producer Carl Dudley. The theme of Here Comes Tobor was composed by Howard Jackson. 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.
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