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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.
The Phantom Planet -- (1961) Dean Fredericks, Coleen Gray, Dolores Faith, Anthony Dexter, Francis X Bushman. A real enjoyable and very underrated little sci-fi B opus about an astronaut who's stranded on an invisible planetoid...

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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 »
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(4 articles)
User Reviews:
Goofy low budget 60s sci fi schlock. Stupid but entertaining. See more (59 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 McDaniel ... Capt. Leonard
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 ... Ipsalata (uncredited)

Angelique Pettyjohn ... Juror (uncredited)

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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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-18 (2004) (self applied) | UK:PG | UK:A | USA:TV-G | USA:Unrated (DVD)

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Trivia:
The big-screen debut of Richard Kiel.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: After arriving on the asteroid, Captain Chapman shrinks in size, while his clothes did not. The Captain fights with the other small people. You can briefly see his shorts in the fight scene inside the space suit.See more »
Quotes:
Sessom:There are many things you will not understand here. Maybe in time you shall.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Matt and Tim at the Movies (2011)See more »

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22 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Goofy low budget 60s sci fi schlock. Stupid but entertaining., 10 December 2002
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

'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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