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Attack of the Puppet People (1958)

Approved | | Sci-Fi, Horror | April 1958 (USA)
Lonely, deranged puppet-master designs a machine that shrinks people.

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Bob Westley
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June Kenney ...
Sally Reynolds (as June Kenny)
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Agnes
Michael Mark ...
Emil
Jack Kosslyn ...
Sgt. Paterson
Marlene Willis ...
Laurie / Themesong Vocalist
Ken Miller ...
Stan
Laurie Mitchell ...
Scott Peters ...
Mac
June Jocelyn ...
Brownie Leader
Jean Moorhead ...
Janet Hall
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Janitor
Hal Bogart ...
Special Delivery Man
Troy Patterson ...
Elevator Operator
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Deranged doll-maker Mr. Franz is deathly afraid of being left alone, so he creates a machine that can shrink humans down to only a few inches tall. He soon accumulates a troupe of shrunken prisoners whom he forces to perform for him and keep him company. When he shrinks his secretary Sally and her fiance Bob, the pair decide against spending their days as pint-sized playthings and try to find a way to escape and re-enlarge themselves. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Doll dwarfs versus the crushing giant beats! See more »

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Sci-Fi | Horror

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You're My Living Doll
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Oh, Bert Gordon, You Make Such Great Cheese
28 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A lonely, deranged puppet-master (John Hoyt) designs a machine that shrinks people.

Although this film has had rather negative reviews over the years and holds a poor ranking on IMDb, there is a special kind of enjoyment in this film, and any with John Agar and / or directed by Bert Gordon. Are the special effects terrible? Yes. Is the plot weak? Surely. But we expect that from 1950s science fiction films, which I think works in the movie's favor (although decades too late).

I also appreciate the historical value of this film and its role in the Watergate scandal. I am not familiar with the story, so I cannot say if it is true, but the idea is that instead of warning his co-conspirators of detectives, a Watergate burglar was busy watching this film. Hence, this movie can be credited with bringing down Richard Nixon. That is quite a feat!

As an added bonus, this film marks the acting debut of Susan Gordon, the director's daughter, who would go on to appear in many of his pictures and in other productions. She was "cast" completely by accident when the real actress was not available, and this decision may have altered the history of the role the Gordon family took in film.


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