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Attack of the Puppet People (1958)

Approved | | Sci-Fi, Horror | April 1958 (USA)
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Lonely, deranged puppet-master designs a machine that shrinks people.

Director:

Bert I. Gordon

Writers:

George Worthing Yates (screenplay), Bert I. Gordon (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Agar ... Bob Westley
John Hoyt ... Mr. Franz
June Kenney ... Sally Reynolds (as June Kenny)
Susan Gordon ... Agnes
Michael Mark Michael Mark ... Emil
Jack Kosslyn ... Sgt. Paterson
Marlene Willis ... Laurie / Themesong Vocalist
Ken Miller Ken Miller ... Stan
Laurie Mitchell ... Georgia Lane
Scott Peters Scott Peters ... Mac
June Jocelyn June Jocelyn ... Brownie Leader
Jean Moorhead Jean Moorhead ... Janet Hall
Hank Patterson ... Janitor
Hal Bogart Hal Bogart ... Special Delivery Man
Troy Patterson Troy Patterson ... Elevator Operator
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Storyline

Deranged doll-maker Mr. Franz is deathly afraid of being left alone, so he creates a machine that can shrink humans down to only a few inches tall. He soon accumulates a troupe of shrunken prisoners whom he forces to perform for him and keep him company. When he shrinks his secretary Sally and her fiance Bob, the pair decide against spending their days as pint-sized playthings and try to find a way to escape and re-enlarge themselves. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Doll dwarfs versus the crushing giant beats! See more »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Was a Teenage Doll See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Character actor Hank Patterson, was a stock actor in several Bert I. Gordon films for American International Pictures. First as "Henry" in The Amazing Colossal Man (1957), then as the janitor in Attack Of The Puppet People (1958), also plays essentially the same character "Hugo the Janitor" in another Bert I. Gordon film, The Spider (1958). He also played a character called "Dave" in Bert I. Gordon's The Beginning Of The End (1957). See more »

Goofs

The saucer of milk used to lure the cat into the lab changes position on the window sill between shots. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Franz: Oh that. What's it look like to you?
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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Giants (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

You're My Living Doll
Music by Albert Glasser and Don A. Ferris (as Don Ferris)
Lyrics by Henry Schrage
Sung by Marlene Willis
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Nicely handled by all concerned.
7 March 2003 | by BruceCorneilSee all my reviews

Reasonably entertaining entry into the 50s sci fi/horror genre.

Star John Hoyt was always interesting to watch (check out his brief but commanding performance as antique shop proprietor Nils Dryer in "The Big Combo").

The basic theme of this film had, in fact, already been tried out the year before in the vastly superior "Incredible Shrinking Man". However, the 'puppet twist' (good name for a song!) was certainly an original touch.

Co-star John Agar is smoothly competent and does his best against the odds.

Strictly for those whose tastes lean towards the ultra-cheesy variety of midnight movie fare.


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