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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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Judge Eden
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Earl McDaniel ...
Capt. Leonard
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Mel Curtis ...
Lt. Cutler
Jimmy Weldon ...
Lt. Webb
Akemi Tani ...
Communications Officer
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Radar Officer
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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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13 December 1961 (USA)  »

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Dolores Faith receives an "introducing" credit. 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

Sessom: There are many things you will not understand here. Maybe in time you shall.
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Instead of "The End" the end title reads "The Beginning". 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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Surprisingly entertaining!
10 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

A friend gave me a cheapie DVD of this movie and I left it around the house for months, figuring that it would be a dud, remembering a picture spread on the movie in SPACEMEN, a great pre-Starlog SF movie prozine, possibly the first of the genre.

Anyway, I remembered Dean Fredericks for his great portrayal of STEVE CANYON back in the 1950s, so what the heck, I ran it and was suitably surprised. In fact I sat back for the entire 82 minutes and actually ENJOYED it! Forgetting the weird asteroid-planet and Richard 'JAWS' Kiel in the monster suit, the cast performed credibly via a sound and at times quite good, in fact intelligent, script. The tight direction and excellent B/W photography, coupled with a number of extremely attractive girls, made the viewing experience worthwhile.

Not recommended for young viewers due to the less-than special effects but for old-timers brought up on 50s SF, good entertainment.


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