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Phantom from Space (1953)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 15 May 1953 (USA)
An alien being with the power of invisibility lands in Santa Monica. Killing two people who attacked him due to the menacing appearance of his spacesuit, the creature takes it off while ... See full summary »

Director:

W. Lee Wilder

Writers:

William Raynor (screenplay) (as Bill Raynor), Myles Wilder (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Cooper Ted Cooper ... Hazen
Tom Daly Tom Daly ... Charlie
Steve Acton Steve Acton ... Operator
Burt Wenland Burt Wenland ... Joe
Lela Nelson Lela Nelson ... Betty Evans
Harry Landers ... Lieutenant Bowers
Bert Arnold Bert Arnold ... Darrow
Sandy Sanders ... Policeman
Harry Strang ... Neighbor
Jim Bannon ... Police Sergeant
Jack Daly Jack Daly ... Wakeman
Michael Mark Michael Mark ... Watchman
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Dr. Wyatt
James Seay ... Major Andrews
Noreen Nash ... Barbara Randall
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Storyline

An alien being with the power of invisibility lands in Santa Monica. Killing two people who attacked him due to the menacing appearance of his spacesuit, the creature takes it off while being pursued by government authorities. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El fantasma del espacio See more »

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Production Co:

Planet Filmplays See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive material)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Working with most of the same crew, this was one of several early 1950s films made by Wilder and son Myles on a financing-for-distribution basis with United Artists and, on occasion, RKO Radio Pictures. See more »

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One witness questioned by police Lieutenant Bowers describes the alien as a "giant of a man", yet later when the alien is seen jumping down from some stairs into an empty lot and takes off running and knocking over the photographer, the alien appears to be only of medium height. See more »

Quotes

Bill Randall: [knocks on lab door] Barbara? Barbara, are you in there?
Barbara Randall: Bill, listen to me. I'm not alone. Someone is in here with me. I can't see him. He locked the door and has the key.
Bill Randall: I'll break the door down!
Barbara Randall: No, Bill, don't! Please! You better get help!
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Also available in a colorized version. See more »

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A Decent Effort
31 August 2009 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

As low-budget 1950's sci-fi stuff goes, this movie turns out to be relatively entertaining, certainly better than a lot of similar type movies from the era. The movie is set on a single night, and follows various government officials (police, military and communications) in the search for an alien being who's crash landed on earth, and who's killed a couple of people. The problem in finding him is that he's invisible, except when under ultra-violet lights. The effects are really what makes this seem very low-budget. They're pretty typical for the era, which means not very good. The movie also gets off to a bit of a slow start, as all we get to do for a while is watch "Mobile 1" and "Mobile 7" keep reporting into "Central" as they try to pinpoint the location of a mysterious signal of some type that's blocking communications. The first 10-15 minutes contain a lot of "Roger, Wilco, Out" kind of stuff. However, the actual story isn't bad and has a bit of mild suspense about it, particularly because we're not really sure about the motive of the alien. Did he deliberately kill the two people, or was it an accident or possibly self-defence? Ultimately, I thought this was a decent enough movie to spend a bit of time with. 6/10


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