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The Phantom Planet (1961)

After an invisible asteroid draws an astronaut and his ship to its surface, he is miniaturized by the phantom planet's exotic atmosphere.

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Judge Eden
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Earl McDaniel ...
Capt. Leonard
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The mysterious appearance of an unknown planet brings miniature people, giant monsters, beautiful women and undaunted heroes to the screen. The self-contained planet "Rheton" has the ability to move in and out of galaxies to escape their enemies. Earth sends an astronaut team to investigate, which discovers miniature people. One astronaut survives to help them fight off monsters and Solorite attacks. Written by Anonymous

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Captives of a power far, far out! See more »


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13 December 1961 (USA)  »

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El planeta fantasma  »

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The droning background sound on the planet is from the music library cue "Caliban [sometimes spelled Calibal] and Ariel' by Desmond Leslie' from "Vintage Sci-Fi" (JW 2073). See more »

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After arriving on the asteroid, Captain Chapman shrinks in size, while his clothes did not. The Captain fights with the other small people. You can briefly see his shorts in the fight scene inside the space suit. See more »

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Sessom: We are able to translate all languages with voice tone waves.
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Caliban and Ariel
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Music by Desmond Leslie
[Plays repeatedly in the score.]
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Entertaining in its own goofy way
22 February 2007 | by (Redondo Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

I actually like this cheesy drive-in second feature B-movie classic.

The story goes from chapter to chapter with innocent exuberance. It's a typical "meeting aliens in outer space" story. An astronaut meets barefooted Lilliputian aliens (who all wear Star Trek type mini-skirts) hiding inside an asteroid, and promptly shrinks to their size. They're hiding not from Earthlings, but Solarites, creatures that use fire to attack the asteroid.

This is the luckiest dude in the cosmos; he meets raven haired beauty Delores Faith and if I were him, I'd stay on the asteroid with her. Meanwhile, there's some interesting sub-plot action going on--jealous rivals, invaders closing in, court trials and what not. A captured Solarite breaks loose, attacks Delores, but then can't decide if he'll kill her or not, and wanders around carrying her for a while.

The special effects are cheap, but amusing, even interesting to watch. Rays, fireballs, a large-nosed creature with a big head, an asteroid that looks like popcorn chicken chunks; it's just a lot of fun. The story is too abbreviated in several places (like the climactic battle with the enemy creatures), but I was actually involved with the characters, even the hastily developed astronaut/barefoot alien girl romance was somehow believable.

I don't know exactly what it is about this film, it's silly and absurd, definitely MST3K stuff (they lambasted it pretty well, lol), but it really is an OK thing to watch. It's turn-off-the-brain stuff all the way, but it's fun.


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