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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.


William Marshall


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




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 ... 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


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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This film utilizes stock music from renowned film composer Leith Stevens, specifically from Destination Moon (1950). In fact, it makes up quite an extensive part of the score. This would be repeated again in four years for Mutiny in Outer Space (1965). See more »


After arriving on the asteroid, Captain Chapman shrinks in size, while his clothes did not. The Captain fights with the other small people. You can briefly see his shorts in the fight scene inside the space suit. See more »


Sessom: We can do one of two things: outrun them or fight them!
Capt. Frank Chapman: Well, breaking up a formation is one thing, but how can you fight them? D'ya have a chance?
Sessom: We have to settle that once and for all. Living in constant danger isn't worthy of us.
Herron: But don't forget we still have the gravity control.
Sessom: The greatest danger to us is the high intensity heat bomb.
Herron: Right. They have enough concentrated heat to blow up our planet instantly.
Sessom: What would you do?
Herron: I would fight!
Sessom: And you?
Capt. Frank Chapman: Fight.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

Also available in a colorized version. See more »


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Music by Desmond Leslie
[Plays repeatedly in the score.]
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I see a pattern here . . .
31 October 2002 | by Nozze-FotoSee all my reviews

Has anyone ever watched this movie and FIRE MAIDENS OF OUTER SPACE back to back? Yes they are both classic examples of B movies but these two movies in particular seem to be cut from the same cloth. In both movies astronauts from Earth land on far distant planet where the dominant race is in some dire trouble and the Earthmen just happen to possess the know-how to get them out of it. In PHANTOM PLANET the people have the technology to have turned their entire planet (or asteroid which is what it really is) into a spaceship but they live in caves and sleep on marble beds! (The whole race must have back problems) What gets me though is that just below the surface of the plots of both movies is the same male fantasy. In both movies the macho Earthment encounter ineffective males on both planets and races of totally submissive females who wander aimlessly around barefoot and miniskirted waiting for some man to notice them. In PHANTOM PLANET the women mostly just stand around while the men argue, fight and wonder what to do next. In both movies the strong assertive woman turns out to be the villain! Okay, I know to keep saying "It's only a movie" but couldn't the tough girl have also been the nice girl?

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Release Date:

13 December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Phantom Planet See more »

Filming Locations:

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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