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Release Date:
April 1957 (USA) See more »
Almost beyond the imagination . . . A strange adventure into the unknown ! [UK Theatrical] See more »
Whe Scott Carey begins to shrink because of exposure to a combination of radiation and insecticide, medical science is powerless to help him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A Sci-Fi film with a good script. Who could believe it? See more (110 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Grant Williams ... Scott Carey

Randy Stuart ... Louise Carey
April Kent ... Clarice

Paul Langton ... Charlie Carey

Raymond Bailey ... Doctor Thomas Silver

William Schallert ... Doctor Arthur Bramson
Frank J. Scannell ... Barker (as Frank Scannell)

Helene Marshall ... Nurse
Diana Darrin ... Nurse
Billy Curtis ... Midget
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lock Martin ... Giant (scenes deleted)
John Hiestand ... KIRL TV Newscaster (uncredited)
Joe La Barba ... Joe - Milkman (uncredited)
Orangey ... Butch the Cat (uncredited)
Regis Parton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Luce Potter ... Violet (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jack Arnold 
Writing credits
Richard Matheson (screenplay)

Richard Matheson (novel "The Shrinking Man")

Richard Alan Simmons  uncredited

Produced by
Albert Zugsmith .... producer
Original Music by
Irving Gertz (uncredited)
Earl E. Lawrence (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter (uncredited)
Herman Stein (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ellis W. Carter 
Film Editing by
Albrecht Joseph  (as Al Joseph)
Art Direction by
Robert Clatworthy 
Alexander Golitzen 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Ruby R. Levitt 
Costume Design by
Jay A. Morley Jr. 
Martha Bunch (uncredited)
Rydo Loshak (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Virginia Jones .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Jack Kevan .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Bob Larson .... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
Lew Leary .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Holland .... assistant director
Wilbur Mosier .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Floyd Farrington .... props (uncredited)
Ed Keyes .... prop master (uncredited)
Whitey McMahon .... prop maker (uncredited)
Roy Neel .... assistant prop master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Robert Pritchard .... sound
Donald Cunliffe .... recordist (uncredited)
Bob Hirsch .... sound editor (uncredited)
Henry Janssen .... cable man (uncredited)
George Ohanian .... sound editor (uncredited)
Roger A. Parish .... mike man (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Cleo E. Baker .... special effects (uncredited)
Fred Knoth .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Everett H. Broussard .... optical effects
Roswell A. Hoffmann .... optical effects (as Roswell A. Hoffman)
Camera and Electrical Department
Clifford Stine .... special photography
William Dodds .... camera operator (uncredited)
Stanley Guliver .... key grip (uncredited)
Jim Hilbert .... co-grip (uncredited)
Everett Lehman .... best boy (uncredited)
Tom McCrory .... special photography (uncredited)
Tom Ouellette .... gaffer (uncredited)
Robert Pierce .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Richard Walling .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Martha Bunch .... wardrobe woman (uncredited)
Rydo Loshak .... wardrobe man (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Ray Anthony .... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
Harris Ashburn .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Other crew
Ray Gockel .... coordinator (uncredited)
Dorothy Hughes .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

The special effects technicians were able to create giant drops of water by filling up condoms and dropping them.See more »
Factual errors: Although Scott Carey grows increasingly smaller, the pitch of his voice never changes. The pitch of a person's voice is primarily dictated by the size of the vocal chords; as he decreases in size, his voice should have increased in pitch, eventually becoming inaudible to human ears.See more »
Scott Carey:[after escaping from the spider] In my hunt for food I had become the hunted. This time I survived, but I was no longer alone in my universe. I had an enemy, the most terrifying ever beheld by human eyes.See more »
The Incredible Shrinking Man ThemeSee more »


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49 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
A Sci-Fi film with a good script. Who could believe it?, 20 September 2000
Author: Sherlock Jr. from USA

This is more than a Sci-Fi film, this is really a good movie. On the Sci-Fi side, the effects are mostly good. But the script is great, one of the greatest for a Sci-Fi film. And I love the last line, "To God, there is no zero." Sure it's a movie about a guy who shrinks, but it can be related to any person. As for the time it was made in, it blows just about every other sci-fi/horror made in the 50's to pieces with the exception of a few films. A must see for a fan of 50's sci-fi and a must see for any fan of good writing. I give it an 8 out of 10

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