Attack of the Puppet People (1958)

35mm film, black and white
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Bert I. Gordon.

Plot Summary

Doll-maker Mr Franz has perfected a machine that can shrink humans down to the size of . He forces his miniaturised victims to entertain him, but faces problems when his shrunken secretary Sally and her fiance Bob try to escape, hoping to find a way to reverse the process.


Directed by: Bert I. Gordon
© copyright MCMLVIII [1958] Alta Vista Productions
American International Pictures [opening credits]. An American-International picture [closing credits]. James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff present
Produced by: Bert I. Gordon
Screenplay by: George Worthing Yates
Story by: Bert I. Gordon
Director of Photography: Ernest Laszlo
Editorial Supervisor: Ronald Sinclair
Music Composed and Conducted by: Albert Glasser
Sound Recorder: Frank Webster
Men's Costumer: Chuck Arrico
Ladies' Costumer: Pauline Lewis
Make-up Artist: Phillip Scheer
Hair Stylist: Kay Shea
Special Technical Effects: Bert I. Gordon
Special Devices: Charles Duncan
Special Designs: Paul and Jackie Blaisdell

John Agar (Bob Westley)
John Hoyt (Mr Franz)
June Kenny (Sally Reynolds)
Michael Mark (Emil)
Jack Kosslyn (Sergeant Paterson)
Marlene Willis (Laurie)
Ken Miller (Stan)
Laurie Mitchell (Georgia Lane)
Scott Peters (Mac)
Susan Gordon (Agnes)
June Jocelyn (Brownie leader)
Jean Moorhead (Janet)
Hank Patterson (janitor)
Hal Bogart (special delivery man)
Troy Patterson (elevator operator)
Bill Giorgio (delivery man)
George Diestel (police receptionist)
Jamie Forster (Ernie Larson)
Harold Franklin [real name: Mark Lowell] (salesman)

Alternative Titles

The Fantastic Puppet People
Six Inches Tall
– UK title

Extracts included in
Creepy Classics (1987)
Horrible Horror (1986)
It Came from Hollywood (1982)

Includes extracts from
The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)



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  • Ghastly Beyond Belief by Kim Newman and Neil Gaiman p.174 – quotes, poster tags
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