Phantom from Space (1953)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  15 May 1953 (USA)
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An alien being with the power of invisibility lands in Santa Monica. Killing two people who attacked him due to the menacing appearance of his spacesuit, the creature takes it off while ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Cooper ...
Tom Daly ...
Steve Acton ...
Burt Wenland ...
Lela Nelson ...
Betty Evans
Harry Landers ...
Lt. Bowers
Bert Arnold ...
Sandy Sanders ...
Harry Strang ...
Neighbor - George Nelson
Jim Bannon ...
Police Sgt. Jim
Jack Daly ...
Joe Wakeman
Michael Mark ...
Rudolph Anders ...
Dr. Wyatt
James Seay ...
Maj. Andrews
Noreen Nash ...


An alien being with the power of invisibility lands in Santa Monica. Killing two people who attacked him due to the menacing appearance of his spacesuit, the creature takes it off while being pursued by government authorities. Written by Jeremy Lunt <>

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His secret power menaced the world! See more »


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Release Date:

15 May 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fantasma del espacio  »

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1.37 : 1
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The Phantom's spacesuit is highly radioactive, forcing the scientists to handle it with tongs and transport it in a radiation-proof box. Yet back in the lab, and despite the fact that they repeatedly say that the suit's radiation is lethal to humans, they not only keep it out in the open and hold it in their hands wearing nothing more for protection than rubber gloves, but when the suit dissolves they stand breathing in fumes that would necessarily also be fatally radioactive. Also, despite its being so intensely radioactive, the suit doesn't contaminate anything it comes into contact with. See more »


Pete: How would you feel if somebody with a crazy helmet with pipes sticking out of it came at you in the dark? And look, I know this sounds... sounds crazy, but there wasn't any head in that helmet.
Lt. Bowers: No head. No head at all?
Pete: It's the truth.
Lt. Bowers: I think you need some coffee.
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Not as bad as most of the movies of the time
19 October 2012 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

This is the story of an invisible alien that can talk only via ultrasound. It has trouble breathing on our world and everybody who gets a whiff of him tries to attack it. A merry bunch of scientists, men of action and the ubiquitous woman with a good heart are trying to communicate with it and fail miserably. The dog can see and hear him, but nobody bothered to understand dog, either.

The acting is decent, the story interesting. The only problem is that it is a black and white movie from 1953, with people acting like they're on speed. All in all not a bad movie and surely at least average for its time and genre.

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