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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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Science Shocker of the Space Age. See more »


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Dolores Faith receives an "introducing" credit. 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 »


Lt. Ray Makonnen: You know, Captain, every year of my life I grow more and more convinced that the wisest and best is to fix our attention on the good and the beautiful. If you just take the time to look at it.
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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 »


Featured in Ghosts in the Machine (2016) See more »


Caliban and Ariel
Music by Desmond Leslie
[Plays repeatedly in the score.]
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Seen as History it's a great way to spend some time
28 August 2005 | by altermailSee all my reviews

Judged by viewers post 2001, post Star Wars, post War of the Worlds, even post Star Trek, of course this movie will get bad reviews, for unscientific plot holes, for poor special effects, for bad acting, for dumb costumes, for simplistic sets, even for Black and White filming.

But this was made in 1961! Seen as a moment in the history and evolution of Sci Fi on film, it's a great way to spend some time. It's available as a free legal download too. Go to www.archive.org and check under Feature Films to find the movie available as part 1 and part 2.

The captain's tape recorders anticipate Kirk's "Captain's log". The cheap special effects had to be inspirational to the makers of Dr. Who. And it's a pleasure to have to use your imagination instead of having to be spoon fed with spectacular special effects.

To hate this movie is to hate a jazz 1940s jazz piece because they used acoustic instruments instead of synths and cut to vinyl instead of digital to CD. Look beyond the limitations of the error to the art, and you'll find a 5 out of 10, not a 1. As the co-pilot said....

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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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