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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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Anthony Dexter ...
Herron (as Tony Dexter)
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Richard Weber ...
Al Jarvis ...
Judge Eden
Dick Haynes ...
Earl McDaniel ...
Capt. Leonard
Mike Marshall ...
Lt. White (as Michael Marshall)
John Herrin ...
Mel Curtis ...
Jimmy Weldon ...
Lt. Webb
Akemi Tani ...
Communications Officer
Lori Lyons ...
Radar Officer
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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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13 December 1961 (USA)  »

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The film takes place in 1980. See more »

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When the astronauts go out of their spaceship to make a repair, they are untethered by any restraint and freely walk on the spacecraft's wing, in defiance of the laws of physics. See more »

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Sessom: There are many things you will not understand here. Maybe in time you shall.
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Instead of "The End" the end title reads "The Beginning". See more »

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Goofy low budget 60s sci fi schlock. Stupid but entertaining.
10 December 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'The Phantom Planet' is almost your archetypal silly low budget 50s/60s sci fi movie. Set in 1980(!) the story concerns a couple of astronauts on a mission to search for some colleagues who have inexplicably vanished. The team is led by the fearless Captain Chapman (a wooden Dean Fredericks), who soon finds himself a prisoner on "the phantom planet", shrunk to miniature size, and forced to choose between two alien beauties (one of whom is played by 'The Killing's Coleen Gray), while clashing with suspicious planet person Herron (Anthony Dexter, who also appeared in the supremely silly 'Fire Maidens From Venus'), all the while plotting his escape. The acting is poor, the dialogue lame brained, the special effects as inept as you can imagine, all in all great fun if you dig this kind of moronic camp fun (and I do!). The cast also includes veteran Francis X. Bushman who already had a film career spanning fifty years(!!) when he made this, and an uncredited Richard Kiel (best known to most movie goers as "Jaws" in a couple of 1970s Bond films, but also fondly remembered by trash fans for the idiotic horror flick 'Eegah' made shortly after this) as the utterly ludicrous Solonite monster. This may not be the best bad movie I've ever seen, but fans of the genre will have a great time watching it.


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