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Phantom from Space (1953)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 15 May 1953 (USA)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Cooper ...
Hazen
Tom Daly ...
Charlie
Steve Acton ...
Operator
Burt Wenland ...
Joe
Lela Nelson ...
Betty Evans
Harry Landers ...
Lt. Bowers
Bert Arnold ...
Sandy Sanders ...
Policeman
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Neighbor
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Police Sergeant
Jack Daly ...
Joe Wakeman
Michael Mark ...
Watchman
Rudolph Anders ...
Dr. Wyatt
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Major Andrews
Noreen Nash ...
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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 being pursued by government authorities. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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15 May 1953 (USA)  »

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El fantasma del espacio  »

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When the investigators confront the Phantom in the lab, the reporter is seen near the left side of the group in shots from behind, but on the opposite side in shots from the front. See more »

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Dr. Wyatt: My theory is that this space ship, or whatever it was that he came in, operated on the principal of magnetic, rather than atomic, propulsion and that somewhere in the Outer Limits met with a condition where the earth's gravity pulled it down and it fell into the ocean and that he managed to save his life and reach shore.
Lt. Bowers: What you've told us is very interesting, Doctor...
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Edited into Pale Moonlight Theater: Phantom from Space (2014) See more »

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The illegal, invisible and exhibitionist alien.
23 December 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

I generally LOVE low-budget Sci-Fi films from the 1950's, but you have to admit they also made some pretty darn stupid and pointless movies back them! Take this oddity, for example! The opening sequences follow a meteor – at least they all think it is a meteor – whisking over the earth from Alaska to Santa Monica for SIX WHOLE MINUTES! All you hear is a typically 50's narrating voice rambling off coordinates and all you see is a type of rock flying through the sky! Fascinating!! The meteor turns out to be a spaceship and its captain immediately kills two earthlings because they were hostile to him. He then thinks they attacked him because they were afraid of his flamboyant spacesuit, so he takes it off and continues his trip naked. That's alright, though, because he also happens to be invisible. The rest of the film concerns a bunch of dreadfully boring scientists trying to figure out whether this visitor has friendly intentions or not, and by the end of the film we STILL don't know this. I can appreciate a lack of financial means & acting talent in B-cinema, but so much boredom in such a little film is really unforgivable. The people hunting for the alien simply sit around in their offices or laboratories waiting for him to come and pick up the suit he left behind at the scene of his first crimes. There's never any outer space menace or suspenseful sequences of mass hysteria and the conversations these people are having are dull, dull, dull!


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