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April 1957 (USA) See more »
Almost beyond the imagination . . . A strange adventure into the unknown ! [UK Theatrical] See more »
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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  (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  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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81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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Richard Matheson had originally written a screenplay for the sequel called The Fantastic Shrinking Girl in which Louise Carey begins to shrink herself. Universal had planned to produce it but the project was eventually scrapped.See more »
Continuity: When Scott and Louise are talking with the doctor and she remembers the day they were in the boat and he mentions the mist, Louise's shirt changes to black as they get into the car.See more »
[closing soliloquy narration]
Scott Carey:I was continuing to shrink, to become... what? The infinitesimal? What was I? Still a human being? Or was I the man of the future? If there were other bursts of radiation, other clouds drifting across seas and continents, would other beings follow me into this vast new world...
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93 out of 113 people found the following review useful.
Transcendental, 19 October 2005
Author: LomzaLady from United States

The best sci/fi movie of the 50s. It's different from most others in that it has a theme; it's not just a series of scary and threatening events. The smaller Scott Carey gets, the braver and more resourceful he becomes. As he shrinks, he reaches a kind of spiritual enlightenment.

The only sour note (besides the special effects, which may seem primitive by today's digital standards, but which I, as an 8-year-old in 1957, seeing this for the first time, thought were astounding) is the scene with the Little People. The metaphor of "you are as big as you feel" is laid on pretty thick, and that particular set of special effects (especially that big coffee cup Clarice drinks out of) didn't fool me, even as an 8-year-old. Incidentally, up until recently, TV showings of this movie usually cut that scene out, although the names of the actors who played the Little People were left in the end of movie credits.

However, the point is well taken, and Scott realizes that as his physical size decreases, his mental and spiritual powers are increasing. The final scenes are a testament to Transcendentalism. For example, Scott says in the narration that he no longer hates the spider who has been threatening him during his imprisonment in the cellar. He understands that it has as much right to survive as he has. In Transcendental terms, he is saying that existence is neither good nor evil, it simply "is." (Do people in California really have tarantulas in their cellars?) The wonderful last scene, where Scott (the absolutely gorgeous Grant Williams), bruised, battered, exhausted, looks up at the heavens and is no longer afraid, is one of the most empowering scenes in all cinema. This man has been so beaten down by fate that he is literally disappearing, and yet he affirms existence, and resolutely continues to move forward to whatever that next plane of existence may be. This ending is a far cry from the usual finales of sci/fi films of the 50s, where destruction is generally the resolution of the crisis. Here, there is no destruction, only transcendence. I never get tired of this film.

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