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The Phantom Planet -- After an invisible asteroid draws an astronaut and his ship to its surface, he is miniaturized by the phantom planet's exotic atmosphere.
The Phantom Planet -- After an invisible asteroid draws an astronaut and his ship to its surface, he is miniaturized by the phantom planet's exotic atmosphere.
The Phantom Planet -- 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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Director:
Writers:
William Telaak (screenplay) &
Fred De Gorter (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
13 December 1961 (USA) See more »
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Captives of a power far, far out! See more »
Plot:
After an invisible asteroid draws an astronaut and his ship to its surface, he is miniaturized by the phantom planet's exotic atmosphere. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
NewsDesk:
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Astronaut on the Planet Lilliput See more (57 total) »

Cast

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Dean Fredericks ... Capt. Frank Chapman

Coleen Gray ... Liara
Anthony Dexter ... Herron (as Tony Dexter)

Francis X. Bushman ... Sessom
Richard Weber ... Lt. Ray Makonnen
Al Jarvis ... Judge Eden
Dick Haynes ... Col. Lansfield
Earl McDaniels ... Capt. Leonard (as Earl McDaniel)
Mike Marshall ... Lt. White (as Michael Marshall)
John Herrin ... Capt. Beecher
Mel Curtis ... Lt. Cutler
Jimmy Weldon ... Lt. Webb
Akemi Tani ... Communications Officer
Lori Lyons ... Radar Officer

Richard Kiel ... The Solarite
Susan Cembrowska ... Juror
Marissa Mathes ... Juror (as Merissa Mathes)
Gloria Moreland ... Juror
Judy Erickson ... Juror
Sally Carter-Ihnat ... Juror (as Marya Carter)
Allyson Ames ... Juror
Marian Thompson ... Juror (as Marion Thompson)
Dolores Faith ... Zetha
Marvin Miller ... Introductory Narrator (voice)
Leon Selznick ... Narrator (voice) (as Leon D. Selznick)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Warrene Ott ... Ispalata (uncredited)

Angelique Pettyjohn ... Juror (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Marshall 
 
Writing credits
William Telaak (screenplay) &
Fred De Gorter (screenplay) and
Fred Gebhardt (screenplay)

Fred Gebhardt (original story)

William Marshall (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Fred Gebhardt .... producer
Hugo Grimaldi .... assistant producer
Leo A. Handel .... executive producer
Robert Kinoshita .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Elwood J. Nicholson (director of photography)
 
Production Design by
Robert Kinoshita 
 
Makeup Department
David Newell .... makeup artist (as Dave Newell)
Mary Westmoreland .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Maurice Vaccarino .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... second assistant director
Maurice Vaccarino .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Walter Dick .... interplanetary sound effects
Al Overton .... sound mixer
Hayes Pagel .... interplanetary sound effects
 
Special Effects by
Charles Duncan .... special effects (as Charles R. Duncan)
 
Visual Effects by
Louis DeWitt .... director of photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Davenport .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marla Craig .... costume supervisor
Oscar Rodriguez .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Hugo Grimaldi .... supervising film editor
Donald Wolfe .... assistant film editor (as Don Wolfe)
 
Music Department
Ted Roberts .... music editor
Gordon Zahler .... music supervisor
Leith Stevens .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ben Bard .... dialogue director
Hazel W. Hall .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
82 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-18 (2004) (self applied) | USA:TV-G | USA:Unrated (DVD)

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Trivia:
Dolores Faith receives an "introducing" credit.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Quotes:
Sessom:We are able to translate all languages with voice tone waves.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Spun (2002)See more »

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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Astronaut on the Planet Lilliput, 14 April 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Thirty comments on this film and no one so far has mentioned the obvious inspiration for The Phantom Planet. This is a science fiction update of Gulliver among the Lilliputians. Too bad that Jonathan Swift's classic didn't inspire a better film.

And that's a pity because the idea is intriguing. But this was low budget film, very low budget, so the production values and special effects were kept to a minimum. Also too bad that Jonathan Swift's gift for satire in late Stuart Great Britain didn't bring forth a better script.

The film is set in what the writer's mind would be 1980 and we are on the moon and using it as a base to explore the solar system. Two ships have been lost in the asteroid region between Mars and Jupiter have already disappeared. A ship commanded by Dean Fredericks has been sent out to find out what happened and it crashes on an asteroid.

It's really a small planet with people about half a foot tall led by a leader Sesom played by Francis X. Bushman. The movie is about Fredericks' adventures on the planet and his attempts to leave. Like in Gulliver's Travels he helps the people fight off some nasty alien enemies called Solarites who live in a world between Mercury and the sun. With all that heat to contend with, small wonder they're such nasty tempered folk.

And if you want to know how the story ends before seeing the film, I won't say, but read Gulliver's Travels.

Phantom Planet is great example of a lousy film becoming a cult classic. Players like Francis X. Bushman, Coleen Gray, and Anthony Dexter have all done so much better stuff.

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