Up 141,199 this week

The Phantom Creeps (1949)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Sci-Fi | Adventure  -  6 June 1949 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.1/10 from 67 users  
Reviews: 4 user

Not a feature, but an edited version of the 1939 serial "The Phantom Creeps" which was released to TV in 1949.

0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 167 titles
created 15 Jun 2011
a list of 104 titles
created 26 Jan 2012
a list of 255 titles
created 11 Oct 2012
a list of 30 titles
created 10 Jul 2013
list image
a list of 477 titles
created 10 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Phantom Creeps (TV Movie 1949)

The Phantom Creeps (TV Movie 1949) on IMDb 4.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Phantom Creeps.


Complete credited cast:
Dr. Alex Zorka (archive footage)
Robert Kent ...
Capt. Bob West (archive footage)
Dorothy Arnold ...
Jean Drew (archive footage)
Edwin Stanley ...
Dr. Fred Mallory (archive footage)
Lt. Jim Daley (archive footage)
Jack C. Smith ...
Monk (archive footage)
Edward Van Sloan ...
Jarvis (archive footage)
Dora Clement ...
Ann Zorka (archive footage)
Anthony Averill ...
Rankin (archive footage)
Hugh Huntley ...
Perkins (archive footage)
Monte Vandergrift ...
Jarvis Goon (archive footage)
Frank Mayo ...
West's Boss (archive footage)
Jim Farley ...
Harbormaster (archive footage) (as James Farley)
Eddie Acuff ...
Mac (archive footage)
Ed Wolff ...
The Robot (archive footage)


Not a feature, but an edited version of the 1939 serial "The Phantom Creeps" which was released to TV in 1949.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis






Release Date:

6 June 1949 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (condensation of 265-minute 1939 serial)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Edited from The Phantom Creeps (1939) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Lugosi and his not-so-happy gas
17 June 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Edited-down serial which, science fiction disbelief aside, remains pretty lame by any reasonable standard, another in a long line of inept vehicles wasting the great Bela Lugosi's acting talent. Here he plays a demented scientist who, after inhaling a rare meteor gas, develops (among other things) a power source which can cure the world of its ills, or, destroy it depending on his mood. When his wife is killed in a plane crash, he elects to use his prowess to destroy those who sought to contain him, but is seemingly cornered at every turn by relentless G-men (Kent and Toomey).

Lugosi isn't as hammy as he's been known to get, more-so his endless array of inventions (giant headed robot, invisibility, magic potions, ray guns etc etc) becomes tired and clichéd very quickly. The cast has depth with Toomey and Van Sloan in particular, while vivacious blonde Dorothy Arnold has some sizable screen-time as a tenacious reporter.

The picture is frenetic, racing from one catastrophe to the next with much repetition and little in the way of sophistication. The climax seems hackneyed and unimaginative, with spy rings and stock footage of burning blimps and battleships apparently substituting for any coherent or realistic attempt at a conclusion. Even at eighty minutes (the original serial is listed as more than four hours), it's overlong and underwhelming.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Phantom Creeps (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: