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Attack of the Puppet People (1958)

Approved | | Sci-Fi, Horror | April 1958 (USA)
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Lonely, deranged puppet-master designs a machine that shrinks people.

Director:

Bert I. Gordon

Writers:

George Worthing Yates (screenplay), Bert I. Gordon (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Agar ... Bob Westley
John Hoyt ... Mr. Franz
June Kenney ... Sally Reynolds (as June Kenny)
Susan Gordon ... Agnes
Michael Mark Michael Mark ... Emil
Jack Kosslyn ... Sgt. Paterson
Marlene Willis ... Laurie / Themesong Vocalist
Ken Miller Ken Miller ... Stan
Laurie Mitchell ... Georgia Lane
Scott Peters Scott Peters ... Mac
June Jocelyn June Jocelyn ... Brownie Leader
Jean Moorhead Jean Moorhead ... Janet Hall
Hank Patterson ... Janitor
Hal Bogart Hal Bogart ... Special Delivery Man
Troy Patterson Troy Patterson ... Elevator Operator
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Storyline

Deranged doll-maker Mr. Franz is deathly afraid of being left alone, so he creates a machine that can shrink humans down to only a few inches tall. He soon accumulates a troupe of shrunken prisoners whom he forces to perform for him and keep him company. When he shrinks his secretary Sally and her fiance Bob, the pair decide against spending their days as pint-sized playthings and try to find a way to escape and re-enlarge themselves. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Terror Comes In Small Packages! See more »

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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Was a Teenage Doll See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was rushed into production by American International and Bert I. Gordon to ride the success of Universal-International's The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) See more »

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The saucer of milk used to lure the cat into the lab changes position on the window sill between shots. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Franz: Oh that. What's it look like to you?
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Soundtracks

You're My Living Doll
Music by Albert Glasser and Don A. Ferris (as Don Ferris)
Lyrics by Henry Schrage
Sung by Marlene Willis
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Pretty Bland 'Attack'
3 March 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Attack of the Puppet People (1958)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Lesser film from Bert I Gordon about a lonely old doll maker (John Hoyt) who comes up with something new to stay busy. Instead of making dolls he's going to take real people and shrink them down to a doll size. Two such people (including June Kenney) decide that they don't want to remain this size so they fight to become big again. ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE is a pretty disappointing film when you consider there's really no puppets and no attacks. This is a pretty screenplay that really doesn't offer up anything overly interesting and it appears that no one was really interested in coming up with a story that you could care about. The doll maker really isn't all that interesting and we really don't learn about him being lonely until the end of the picture. Perhaps if they had worked this in earlier we could have gained some sort of connection with him. The secretary role isn't any better as we never begin to care what happens to her. Gordon does a pretty good job with the special effects, which might be the only time in his career. I thought the rear projection was obviously horrible but there's a lot of stuff dealing with miniatures that actually work. The long sequence where a group of people try to escape the office was well-directed and a lot of credit goes to the special effects for actually looking real. The performances are another good thing as Hoyt manages to be good in his role as does John Agar as the woman's love interest. At 79-minutes the film seems a little long at times but I'm sure fans of the director will still want to check this out. Others should probably stay clear.


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