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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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It Begins Where Others End! On the Moon! See more »


Certificate:

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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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The film was seen in season 10 episode 2 of Mystery Science Theater 3000. See more »

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When the astronauts go out of their spaceship to make a repair, they are untethered by any restraint and freely walk on the spacecraft's wing, in defiance of the laws of physics. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Beecher: It's quiet and lonely out here, and frankly we'll be happy to get back to that dreary old moon.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Caliban and Ariel
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Music by Desmond Leslie
[Plays repeatedly in the score.]
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Activate the gravity curtain
15 November 2011 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Dean Fredericks (Captain Frank Chapman) and Richard Weber (Lt Makonnen) are sent into space to search for the previous rocket and occupants that seems to have disappeared. They go into the unknown where they come across a meteor shower that damages their ship but only Fredericks survives the repair mission that they undergo, before he and his ship are sucked into the gravitational pull of a large meteorite. Or is it a planet inhabited by tiny people? The majority of the film plays out on this meteorite/planet before Fredericks is picked up by a rescue mission. Has it all been a dream?

The cast are pretty wooden but so what. The film has a nice idea that leaves you thinking at the end. The effects are funny but still entertaining - watch as popcorn threatens the rockets and how about those flying, squeeling pigs? This is a story with a romance that lends itself to a sadness and it creates a romantic tragedy type of film. I thought that this film would be a heap of junk but I was pleasantly surprised. It's nothing great but it's a fantasy type film where everything is certainly real to Dean Fredericks.


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