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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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Herron (as Tony Dexter)
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Richard Weber ...
Al Jarvis ...
Judge Eden
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Earl McDaniel ...
Capt. Leonard
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Lt. White (as Michael Marshall)
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Mel Curtis ...
Jimmy Weldon ...
Lt. Webb
Akemi Tani ...
Communications Officer
Lori Lyons ...
Radar Officer
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Storyline

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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It Begins Where Others End! On the Moon! See more »


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13 December 1961 (USA)  »

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El planeta fantasma  »

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The big-screen debut of Richard Kiel. 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: It's true that our technology may be further advanced than yours, but then strange things happened.
Capt. Frank Chapman: What was that?
Sessom: We let our machines do all our work. People on Rheton became completely free of all labor, practically of all responsibility. Our people became soft and lazy. They did not know how to cope with their free time. They started to fight among themselves.
Capt. Frank Chapman: That's very interesting. Many people on Earth are beginning to face the same problem: too much free time, too little work.
Sessom: A problem ...
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Instead of "The End" the end title reads "The Beginning". See more »

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Caliban and Ariel
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Music by Desmond Leslie
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I really wish I could like this film more but...

An astronaut finds himself stranded on an asteroid inhabited by intelligent lilliputian beings. Once our hero breaths the atmosphere, he shrinks to size of the asteroids inhabitants and gets involved in various court intrigues and an interplanetary war.

Although I consider myself a completist of old science fiction movies, I only saw this film for the first time very recently. THE PHANTOM PLANET is one those of films thats pretty bad, but you wish you could like it more. To its credit, this film has the air of being made by people who were trying to make something a little different. The special effects -although obvious, are ambitious and elaborate. The writers appear to have tried to come up with a slightly unusual story line, but the film is over plotted and makes little use of the central gimmick. The dialog is lame and the acting is indifferent. A few scenes are of interest, such as when the tiny Rhetonites approach the giant astronaut and peer through his space helmet. Some shots of the rockets in space I thought looked attractive.

THE PHANTOM PLANET is one of those films that I wish I could say more good thinks about. Its badness is anything but the result of cynical motivation, but the result of makers who ambitions far exceeded the skills of its makers to deliver


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