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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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Tagline:
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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User Reviews:
Silly and low budget but also very watchable 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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Sessom:There are many things you will not understand here. Maybe in time you shall.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Silly and low budget but also very watchable, 13 August 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This movie obviously isn't Oscar-worthy or one that will change your life. Heck, it's pretty cheap and silly as well. However, despite this, the movie is entertaining and despite many technical problems, it managed to keep my attention.

The film begins in the future...1980! There are moon bases and interplanetary travel is the norm. However, this travel is called into question when two ships crash into a planetoid that just appears directly in front of the ships with no warning! In other words, any space ship COULD just crash into this planet at any time and at any place...bummer. So, the best astronauts are sent to look for(?!) this hidden planetoid. Naturally, things don't go quite right and one of the astronauts is stranded on this place. Oddly, he is shrunk by the artificial atmosphere until he is itty-bitty just like the rest of the inhabitants. On this odd appearing and disappearing rocks, he has many adventures--a fight to the death, a sexy mute girlfriend and some silly looking bug-eyed aliens. While the sets and costumes are a bit silly, the film has so much action and plot devices that it does manage to entertain. You'll enjoy it provided you have an appreciation for this sort of sci-fi film.

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