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The Phantom Planet (1961)

Unrated  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  13 December 1961 (USA)
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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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Dick Haynes ...
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John Herrin ...
Mel Curtis ...
Jimmy Weldon ...
Lt. Webb
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Release Date:

13 December 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El planeta fantasma  »

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1.85 : 1
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Dolores Faith receives an "introducing" credit. See more »


When Capt. Chapman first enters the scene in the beginning of the movie, he looks at his wrist to check the time - but he is not wearing a watch. See more »


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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31 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I actually found this to be a decent movie. Yeah it suffered from some silliness and goofy stuff like the scene where they space walk to repair their ship and their tool of choice? A wrench, ha!! However, from the point where the astronaut landed on the asteroid it was pretty good. The story was well written for the most part and the acting wasn't that bad. The girls were really cute and if i had landed there, id probably stay and enjoy myself!!! This truly played much like an episode from star trek, with another actor subbing for captain kirk. Some of the special effects on the asteroid were pretty decent, especially when the main character shrank in his space suit. The bad alien crashing rocks into his invisible prison out of frustration was pretty cool too, but the alien itself was kinda stupid looking. There were some genuinely touching scenes: the astronaut saying the Lord's Prayer while he floated helplessly doomed in space, and the final goodbyes there at the end. This was released in 1961 so maybe that explains why its a notch or two better than the typical fifties stuff. I actually enjoyed this one. I'm sure audiences in 1961 weren't let down. Heck they might have caught this one and The Three Stooges Meet Hercules at a drive in double feature. Cool!!!!

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