Dr. Cyclops (1939)

USA, 1939
78m, 7024 feet
35mm film, Technicolor
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack.

Plot Summary

A mad scientist miniatures several people in his laboratory and they struggle to survive and return to normal.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Ernest B. Schoedsack
Copyright MCMXXXIX [1939] by Paramount Pictures Inc.
Paramount presents
Executive Producer: William Lebaron *
Produced by: Dale Van Every
Original Screen Play by: Tom Kilpatrick
Assistant Director: Joseph H. Morse *
Director of Photography: Henry Sharp
Associate [Director of Photography]: Winton Hoch
Editor: Ellsworth Hoagland
Music Score: Ernst Toch, Gerard Carbonara, Albert Hay Malotte
Sound Recording: Harry Lindgren, Richard Olson
Western Electric Mirrorphonic Recording
Process Photography by: Farciot Edouart and Wallace Kelley
Special Effects: Gordon Jennings *
Art Direction: Hans Dreier, Earl Hedrick, Robert Odell *
For the Technicolor Company: Color Art Director: Natalie Kalmus
For the Technicolor Company: Associate: Henri Jaffa
Interior Decorations: A.E. Freudeman

Albert Dekker (Dr Thorkel)
Thomas Coley (Bill Stockton)
Janice Logan (Dr Mary Robinson)
Charles Halton (Dr Bulfinch)
Victor Kilian (Steve Baker)
Frank Yaconelli (Pedro)
Paul Fix (Dr Mendoza)
Frank Reicher (Professor Kendall)
Allen Fox [cab driver] *
William Wilkerson [silent Indian] *

Alternative Titles

Cyclopsin salaisuus, Tri – Finland
O Delírio de um Sábio – Brazil
Docteur Cyclope – France
Doctor Cíclope – Venezuela
El Doctor Cíclope – Mexico
Doctor Cíclope: El ogro de la selva – Argentina
Doctor Cyclops – advertising title
Il Dottor Cyclops – Italy
Dr Cyclops – Sweden
Dr Cyclops hemlighet – Finland (Swedish)
O Dr. Cyclope – Portugal
Dr. Zyklop – West Germany
El ogro de la selva – Mexico



  • Castle of Frankenstein 1967 Annual p.40
  • Filmfax no.61 (June/July 1997) pp.33-34 – illustrated article (Dr. Cyclops by Bryan Senn)
  • Kinematograph Weekly no.1731 (20 June 1940) – review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.138 no.10 (9 March 1940) – review
  • SFX no.292 (November 2017) p.104 – illustrated review (by Nick Setchfield)
  • Starburst no.51 (November 1982) pp.44-47 – illustrated article
  • Today’s Cinema vol.54 no.4430 (19 June 1940) – review


  • The Armchair Odeon: The Collector’s Guide to the Movies by Denis Gifford p.42
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.106
  • Fear Itself: Horror on Screen and in Reality During the Depression and World War II by Melvin E. Matthews Jr pp.119, 121, 181
  • Feature Films, 1940-1949: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.120
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.137
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.35
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.104 – credits
  • Trick Cinematography by R.M. Hayes p.48
  • Variety Science-Fiction Movies by Julian Brown (ed.) p.35 – credits, review
  • Vintage Science Fiction Films, 1896-1949 by Michael Benson p.142