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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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Blood of the Vines: The Phantom Planet
 (From Trailers from Hell. 7 December 2011, 6:24 PM, PST)

Forbidden Planet: Star Anne Francis Dead At 80
 (From Horror News. 4 January 2011, 6:41 PM, PST)

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I really wish I could like this film more but... See more (58 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:
1.37 : 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:
The droning background sound on the planet is from the music library cue "Caliban [sometimes spelled Calibal] and Ariel' by Desmond Leslie' from "Vintage Sci-Fi" (JW 2073).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 »
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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
I really wish I could like this film more but..., 25 December 2001

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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