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Attack of the Puppet People (1958)

 -  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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Mr. Franz
June Kenney ...
Sally Reynolds (as June Kenny)
Susan Gordon ...
Agnes
Michael Mark ...
Emil
Jack Kosslyn ...
Sgt. Paterson
Marlene Willis ...
Laurie / Themesong Vocalist
Ken Miller ...
Stan
Laurie Mitchell ...
Georgia Lane
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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I Was a Teenage Doll  »

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Film debut of Susan Gordon. 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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Soundtracks

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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1950s Horror Rules!
25 May 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yet another minor classic from the 1950s has been released in a pristine B & W print to DVD for posterity and fans' delight. I recall the television print being yellowed and water-marked, but not here, in its crystal clarity, and sharp sound. John Hoyt is excellent as a once-jilted European dollmaker who has devised a machine that can shrink animals and humans to about one-sixth their size. When his current secretary/receptionist June Kenny decides to quit to marry John Agar, his loneliness gets the better of him, and they are victimized, along with previous unfortunates. Great rock music is worked into the plot, and they are terrified by a giant rat, cat and dog. Adolph Glasser's music is robust and amplified, the technical effects by the director Bert Gordon well-done for the time (his daughter Susan Gordon plays the little blonde girl). Kenny is a lovely, blue-eyed, shapely blonde, who was "Teen-Age Doll" (1957), while Agar has his best moments in an un-nerving puppet show scene with a Dr. Jekyll character. Included in the cast is Laurie Mitchell, the "Queen of Outer Space" (1958), giving a good performance as do the others. Toward the latter part of the decade, nothing was too wild to hit this lucrative market, and this engaging picture stands up to the test of time.


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