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I’m counting down the days until May 15, the night I get to introduce  four great Movies for Grownups with Robert Osborne on TCM. Here’s today’s trivia bit about one of the movies we’re showing:

Forbidden Planet lobby card (Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Forbidden Planet lobby card
(Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

The iconic spaceship in Forbidden Planet didn’t retire from show biz after the film wrapped. It was re-used several times on the MGM lot; most memorably in several episodes of Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone. And Robby the Robot, built at a cost of $125,000 for the film, later turned up in many TV shows (you’ll also recognize Marvin Miller’s voice as Robbie—he did the same duty for the famous robot on the series Lost in Space).

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