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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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Cast

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


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13 December 1961 (USA)  »

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El planeta fantasma  »

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1.85 : 1
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The droning background sound on the planet is from the music library cue "Caliban [sometimes spelled Calibal] and Ariel' by Desmond Leslie' from "Vintage Sci-Fi" (JW 2073). 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: It's true that our technology may be further advanced than yours, but then strange things happened.
Capt. Frank Chapman: What was that?
Sessom: We let our machines do all our work. People on Rheton became completely free of all labor, practically of all responsibility. Our people became soft and lazy. They did not know how to cope with their free time. They started to fight among themselves.
Capt. Frank Chapman: That's very interesting. Many people on Earth are beginning to face the same problem: too much free time, too little work.
Sessom: A problem ...
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Instead of "The End" the end title reads "The Beginning". See more »

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Caliban and Ariel
(uncredited)
Music by Desmond Leslie
[Plays repeatedly in the score.]
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Interesting, better than rated
31 October 2005 | by See 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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