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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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William Marshall

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

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 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
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Storyline

The mysterious appearance of an unknown planet brings miniature people, a monster, 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. After two missing expeditions, Earth sends a third astronaut team to investigate. One astronaut survives a crash to stand trial and help the aliens fight off a monster after a Solorite attack. Written by Anonymous/revised by statmanjeff

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Science Shocker of the Space Age. See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El planeta fantasma See more »

Filming Locations:

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was seen in season 10 episode 2 of Mystery Science Theater 3000. See more »

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At 16:48 Franks air line is broken while standing on the wing of the rocket, yet no evidence of air leakage is shown, i.e. as from the port which was opened to fix the Retrorocket Feed lines. Also when Frank drops the adjustable wrench inside the rocket ship, despite being in space with no gravity, the wrench falls straight down. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Beecher: It's quiet and lonely out here, and frankly we'll be happy to get back to that dreary old moon.
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Instead of "The End," the end title reads "The Beginning." See more »

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Also available in a colorized version. 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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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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