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The Incredible Shrinking Man -- In this classic sci-fi adventure, a man shrinks after being exposed to a mysterious mist and finds himself in a terrifying new world where danger lies in everyday objects and creatures.


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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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To lose everything See more (118 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)

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
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:U | 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

Did You Know?

When Louise is on the telephone, asking the operator for a new unlisted number, the radio is on and the music playing on the radio is the theme song to Written on the Wind (1956), which was made at Universal the year before this film, and also featured Grant Williams.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In all of the far shots of Scott being small, he casts no shadow. Yet, he does cast a shadow in the close up shots.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Born on the Fourth of July (1989)See more »
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48 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
To lose everything, 5 June 2004
Author: Oct ( from London, England

It is a truism that America in the 1950s was a conformist, cowed kind of country. Social criticism was suspect, potentially un-American. Hollywood had to convey its messages in the guise of sci-fi or historical analogy.

This spare, cheap, black-and-white film, starring unknowns, has the ruthless, unswerving narrative drive of an arrow into a bullseye. No subplots, no diversions: nothing but the examination of what it is like to lose *everything*, to be stripped not only of the material consolations of conformity but the emotional insulation of marriage and friendship.

"Shrinking"-- the MacGuffin of a nuclear cloud means nothing-- is a visual metaphor for exile and disillusionment. The hero becomes an outcast by becoming progressively more freakish until he is invisible, or at any rate irretrievable. Yet every stage of deprivation has its consolations. Once he falls through the floor, he escapes the attentions of the pruriently curious and the need to pay his way by performing for them; and although at first the grille in the cellar is like the barred window of a prison, shrinking further means he can squeeze through and leave the fearsome cat trapped behind.

All this is very American in its qualified optimism, and very characteristic of Richard Matheson's imagination as one of the great popular mythmakers of mid-century. Not for him the easy slither into plastic angst. Scott Carey's reversion to the primitive-- long hair, needle-sword, ragged robes-- mocks his former status but also looks forward to the hippie protagonists who would soon reject social norms and carve out their own psychic territory. Carey's resourcefulness and refusal to be daunted are the qualities of a pioneer.

One incident sums up Matheson's brilliant integration of narrative detail and philosophical meaning. After being diagnosed, Carey and his wife swear they will stay true to each other, come what may. He leans forward to start the car and the wedding ring rolls off his finger. It sounds like a lumberingly "symbolic" moment, something out of Iris Murdoch... only it isn't. His finger has shrunk, and shrinking is what the movie is all about. Accept the premise, and all that flows out of it fits it.

"The Incredible Shrinking Man" is an adventure story and a fable about how little it takes to stay alive, seamlessly sewn together. It is one of the works that put Matheson (and Rod Serling) up with Wells, Verne and Conan Doyle. Literary professors now give the Europeans serious attention. When will the American dream-weavers get their due?

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