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The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (1955)

Passed | | Horror, Sci-Fi | December 1955 (USA)
An unusual radioactive rock on the sea bottom mutates the ocean life into a horrible monster. When charred, radioactive bodies begin to drift ashore a scientist and government agent ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Ted Stevens / Ted Baxter
Lois King
Prof. King
Helene Stanton ...
Phillip Pine ...
George Thomas (as Philip Pine)
Rodney Bell ...
William S. 'Bill' Grant
Ethel Hall, Dr. King's Secretary
Michael Garth ...
Andy, the Janitor


An unusual radioactive rock on the sea bottom mutates the ocean life into a horrible monster. When charred, radioactive bodies begin to drift ashore a scientist and government agent investigate the phenomenon, and it's connection to a local marine biology professor. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Sheer horror as a living nightmare stalks the ocean floor! See more »


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Release Date:

December 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fantasma de las 10.000 leguas  »

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$100,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When Professor King leaves his lab to ask for some sea charts he does not lock the door. Dr. Stevens walks in at this point and after they talk, Professor King returns to his lab, unlocking the door first. See more »


[first lines]
William S. 'Bill' Grant: Don't touch that.
[Grant shows his credentials]
Ted Baxter: William S. Grant, Special Investigator. Department of Defense, Washington. Well, I guess that makes it pretty official.
William S. 'Bill' Grant: Yes, I guess it does.
Ted Baxter: His body's rigid with burns. The boat's charred too. Yet, there's no sign of fire. We better get him out of the water.
William S. 'Bill' Grant: I'll take care of him myself.
Ted Baxter: I just though I'd give you some help.
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inexpensiveness undisguised
26 April 2003 | by (Pocono Summit, PA) – See all my reviews

Perhaps this type of moviemaking was still too new for this lesson to be learned. But I've always felt that - regardless of your budget - if you're gonna try to deliver a message, then don't allow it to be degraded by cheapness and unbelievability. You could certainly extract a moral here, but instead, MY recollection is of the chintziness and unreality of the production, such that it fits into the mold of a 50s, sci-fi, get-'em-with-the-title, Saturday matinee, which the kids'll find boring, if not laughable. The man-in-a-beast-suit hangs out around a radioactive beam (which is probably responsible for it's appearance) on the ocean floor and kills those who ROW into it's neighborhood. (How co-incidental - they and the boat always wash up onto shore TOGETHER and in the SAME PLACE. The unchanging current, I suppose.) Meanwhile, a scientist's research into radioactivity is of surreptitious interest to a female agent from a competing country. Other characters include the professor's daughter, who is romanced by an oceanographer, enlisted by the government to check up on her dad; the father's male assistant; a snoopy gal Friday; and a federal investigator, who hasn't been told that Romeo is also assigned to the case. This flick got a very low number from me.

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