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The Phantom Planet (1961)

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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William Marshall

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William Telaak (screenplay), Fred De Gorter (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Fredericks ... Capt. Frank Chapman
Coleen Gray ... Liara
Anthony Dexter ... Herron (as Tony Dexter)
Francis X. Bushman ... Sessom
Richard Weber Richard Weber ... Lt. Ray Makonnen
Al Jarvis Al Jarvis ... Judge Eden
Dick Haynes ... Col. Lansfield
Earl McDaniel Earl McDaniel ... Capt. Leonard
Mike Marshall Mike Marshall ... Lt. White (as Michael Marshall)
John Herrin John Herrin ... Capt. Beecher
Mel Curtis Mel Curtis ... Lt. Cutler
Jimmy Weldon Jimmy Weldon ... Lt. Webb
Akemi Tani Akemi Tani ... Communications Officer
Lori Lyons Lori Lyons ... Radar Officer
Richard Kiel ... The Solarite
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Storyline

The mysterious appearance of an unknown planet brings miniature people, giant monsters, beautiful women and undaunted heroes to the screen. The self-contained planet "Rheton" has the ability to move in and out of galaxies to escape their enemies. Earth sends an astronaut team to investigate, which discovers miniature people. One astronaut survives to help them fight off monsters and Solorite attacks. Written by Anonymous

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Captives of a power far, far out! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El planeta fantasma See more »

Filming Locations:

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dolores Faith receives an "introducing" credit. See more »

Goofs

When Chapman is being pulled towards the asteroid he is sitting in the left-hand seat. After it lands he is sitting in the right hand seat. See more »

Quotes

Sessom: We have two options: try to outrun them, or turn and fight! What would you do?
Herron: Me? I would fight!
Sessom: And you?
Capt. Frank Chapman: ...Fight.
Sessom: Right! That's exactly my decision!
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Crazy Credits

Instead of "The End" the end title reads "The Beginning". See more »

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Also available in a colorized version. See more »

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Caliban and Ariel
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Music by Desmond Leslie
[Plays repeatedly in the score.]
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Interesting, better than rated
31 October 2005 | by asinyneSee all my reviews

I actually found this to be a decent movie. Yeah it suffered from some silliness and goofy stuff like the scene where they space walk to repair their ship and their tool of choice? A wrench, ha!! However, from the point where the astronaut landed on the asteroid it was pretty good. The story was well written for the most part and the acting wasn't that bad. The girls were really cute and if i had landed there, id probably stay and enjoy myself!!! This truly played much like an episode from star trek, with another actor subbing for captain kirk. Some of the special effects on the asteroid were pretty decent, especially when the main character shrank in his space suit. The bad alien crashing rocks into his invisible prison out of frustration was pretty cool too, but the alien itself was kinda stupid looking. There were some genuinely touching scenes: the astronaut saying the Lord's Prayer while he floated helplessly doomed in space, and the final goodbyes there at the end. This was released in 1961 so maybe that explains why its a notch or two better than the typical fifties stuff. I actually enjoyed this one. I'm sure audiences in 1961 weren't let down. Heck they might have caught this one and The Three Stooges Meet Hercules at a drive in double feature. Cool!!!!


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