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Release Date:
April 1957 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Almost beyond the imagination . . . A strange adventure into the unknown ! [UK Theatrical] See more »
Plot:
When 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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Awards:
2 wins See more »
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(153 articles)
User Reviews:
Thoughtful Sci-Fi See more (126 total) »

Cast

  (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:

Chet Brandenburg ... Balloon Vendore (uncredited)
John Hiestand ... KIRL TV Newscaster (uncredited)
Joe La Barba ... Joe - Milkman (uncredited)
Perk Lazelle ... Doctor (uncredited)
Lock Martin ... Giant (uncredited)

Orangey ... Butch the Cat (uncredited)

Regis Parton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Perry ... Spieler (uncredited)
Luce Potter ... Violet (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Arnold 
 
Writing credits
Richard Matheson (screenplay)

Richard Matheson (novel "The Shrinking Man")

Richard Alan Simmons  screenplay (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)
Ardell Lytle .... giant match fabricator (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)
Ethmer Roten .... musician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Reynold Brown .... movie poster art (uncredited)
Ray Gockel .... coordinator (uncredited)
Dorothy Hughes .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
81 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2006) | USA:Passed | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (certificate #18249) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Scott Carey's cat was played by feline actor Orangey, according to the book "Hollywood Cats".See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: After he struggles across the paint stick, it collapses. Later he descends from the top of the crate down to the floor again, but he couldn't possibly have made it, as the paint stick had fallen.See more »
Quotes:
Scott Carey:The cellar stretched before me like some vast primeval plain, empty of life, littered with the relics of a vanished race. No desert island castaway ever faced so bleak a prospect.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Carry on Emmannuelle (1978)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Incredible Shrinking Man ThemeSee more »

FAQ

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64 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
Thoughtful Sci-Fi, 7 March 2001
Author: Matthew Ignoffo (mermatt@webtv.net) from Eatontown, NJ, USA

Instead of the typical blood and gore screaming sensationalism of many 1950s sci-fi films, this is an amazingly well thought-out film that is underplayed and even philosophical.

There are some amusing moments in the film, such as when we discover Scott in a dollhouse, but much of the story is handled seriously -- the topics of being different, surviving in an unsympathetic world, crass commercialism, and loneliness are well portrayed.

The theme of the film is what is really amazing. Despite the rather schlocky title, we are given a view of humanity's place in the universe. The final sequence is an imaginative portrait of the balance between the macrocosm and the microcosm.

The film is more than it first appears. Definitely see this one.

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