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Attack of the Puppet People (1958)

Approved  |   |  Sci-Fi, Horror  |  April 1958 (USA)
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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
Hank Patterson ...
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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Trivia

The giant phone prop was supplied by the phone company. See more »

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Although the actors take great care to ensure, when handling containers with tiny humans inside, that they are always facing the camera, sometimes they get it wrong, revealing that the figures are flat photo cut-outs. See more »

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You're My Living Doll
Music by Albert Glasser and Don A. Ferris (as Don Ferris)
Lyrics by Henry Schrage
Sung by Marlene Willis
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Little Things Mean a Lot
24 December 2004 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

What should you do if your wife leaves you for another man? John Hoyt, playing a German puppeteer, decides that he will devise some incredibly complex scientific device that miniaturizes the people he likes so they will never again leave him. Director/producer Bert I. Gordon does it again; he creates a film with a pretty ridiculous script, interesting if not always impressive special effects, and an entertaining film notwithstanding. The film starts out with many puppets already "made" and then shows how Hoyt creates some, interacts with some, how some try to escape and so on... Much of the film is used to let Gordon showcase his effects as the little people are surrounded by large objects. One little person even gets to sing a hip rock song. Hmmm...okay. Ultimately I liked Attack of the Puppet People. It doesn't have the greatest story or acting or effects, but it has heart. It is an inferior film in every way to the impressive Dr. Cyclops made with Albert Dekker the previous decade. Hoyt gives a heartfelt and tired performance. John Agar plays the man who has fallen in love with Hoyt's newest blonde bombshell secretary. He literally has a short fuse! The other actors are competent if nothing else. For me the most fun scene is that with the little girl, played by Gordon's real life daughter Susan, comes into to get her doll fixed and finds a matchbox. Another Mr. BIG production that is fun.


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