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Phantom From Space


From IMDb: An alien being lands in Santa Monica. Killing two people who attacked him due to the menacing appearance of his spacesuit, the creature takes it off while being pursued by government authorities, revealing himself to be invisible

Phantom from Space is a 1953 American science fiction film produced and directed by W. Lee Wilder from an original screenplay written by William Raynor and Myles Wilder. It was one of several films made in the early 1950s by Wilder and son, Raynor, and most of the same crew, independently on a financing-for-distribution basis with United Artists and, occasionally, RKO-Radio Pictures.<></>


Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigators arrive in the San Fernando Valley after what appears to be a UFO crashes, causing massive interference with teleradio transmissions. During their investigation they receive witness reports of what appears to be a man dressed in a bizarre outfit. Their investigation uncovers that this is a being from outer space who is invisible. They start a massive manhunt, causing a public panic over the invisible alien running loose.


  • Ted Cooper as Lt. Hazen
  • Tom Daly as Charlie
  • Steve Acton as Mobile Center Dispatcher
  • Burt Wenland as Agent Joe
  • Lela Nelson as Betty Evans
  • Harry Landers as Lt. Bowers
  • Burt Arnold as Darrow
  • Sandy Sanders as First Policeman
  • Harry Strang as Neighbor
  • Jim Bannon as Desk Sgt. Jim
  • Jack Daly as Joe Wakeman
  • Michael Mark as Refinery Watchman
  • Rudolph Anders as Dr. Wyatt


=Critical response=

Film historian and critic, Glenn Erickson, was humorous in his DVD release review . He wrote, "After a couple of uninspired potboilers in the late 1940s (The Pretender (film) is actually a good movie), Wilder hit his groove of incompetence with this no-budget wonder concerning the saddest space invader on record ... Endless talky scenes alternate with the entire cast of 6 running back and forth in the old interior of the Griffith Observatory. The poor invader is a bald muscle beach type in a radioactive space suit and a helmet that appears to be the same prop from Robot Monster, somewhat altered."

Category:1953 films
Category:1950s science fiction films
Category:American films
Category:English-language films
Category:Films directed by W. Lee Wilder
Category:United Artists films
W. Lee Wilder

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