Clean Thoughts: Ivan Tors’ OSI Trilogy Deserves a Second Chance, I Say…

gogI hadn’t even thought about Ivan Tors until a weird dream a few weeks back and again today when I was in the shower and for some reason, images from “gog” popped into my head. More precisely, one of the two robots spinning around with its arms out, damaged yet still quite dangerous. Yeah, I think of oddball stuff in the shower – don’t you? No, not THAT kind of stuff… this is a family show!  OK, not ALL the time, but you get the point (jab, jab!)…

Anyway, before you ask a second time (and haven’t yet looked to the left at that poster – it helps to read this site while fully awake most of the time), “gog” was the third film in Tors’ really outstanding Office of Scientific Investigation (OSI) trilogy of “hard” science fiction films:

(thanks, MrMaxHeadroom!)

1953’s The Magnetic Monster and 1954’s Riders to the Stars made up the first two chapters and all three make up one of the most intelligent set of sci-fi flicks of the 1950’s. Tors himself was dedicated to making “realistic” genre films and all three succeed today despite many dated elements. That said, one does need to give films such as this a bit of a “pass” in terms of complaining about their cheesier or not so accurate aspects as they were predating and predicting many things science was still figuring out. I also give them a special hall pass gold star because audiences of the time got three films in two years that didn’t insult their intelligence and probably ended up as interesting for adults as it was for the kids who probably thought this was another raygun and robot quickie.

While I’ll most likely do a separate Random Film of the Week post on all three in the future, I’m going to go on ahead and recommend these (in order, of course!) if you’ve never seen them before. I think those of you with an eye for detail and an ear for good stories well told will get a kick out of this trilogy. Given that remaking them is probably never going to happen (although, it would be amazing to see these as period pieces rather than updated into today’s world), you may as well take these in as they’re meant to be seen and smile at the things that make you think a little more than you’d usually care to in a “B” movie…

1 thought on “Clean Thoughts: Ivan Tors’ OSI Trilogy Deserves a Second Chance, I Say…

  1. A freaky dream I can imagine but thinking about GOG in the shower! LOL Cup the merchandise!
    Way to go Greg. Great spotlight on this series.
    I was kind of on the fence about the next two but your post as inspired me. I’ll keep an eye for them over the coming months. I noticed an amazing image of Riders to the Star of the guy in the spaceship. One of the reasons I love these old sci-fi films is the imaginative sets.
    Also the way they love to show off new real tech. “Here have a look at this machine that cost a million dollars and can count to hundred in 8 minutes!”


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