Phantom from Space (1953)

USA, 1953
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by W. Lee Wilder.

Plot Summary

An alien being lands in Santa Monica and, after killing two locals, goes on the run, pursued by government agents. But when it removes its spacesuit, the alien is rendered invisible.


Directed by: W. Lee Wilder
Copyright [MCMLIII] [1953] by Planet Filmplays Inc
Produced by: W. Lee Wilder
Production Supervision: Bart Carré
Screenplay by: William Raynor|Bill Raynor and Myles Wilder
From a Story by: Myles Wilder
Assistant Director: Mack V. Wright
Associates: Max Wulson, Fred M. Muller
Director of Photography: William Clothier
Lighting: Jim James
Film Editor: George Gale
Music by: William Lava
Sound Recorder: Jack Solomon
Western Electric Recording
Special Effects: Alex Welden
Photographic Effects: Howard Anderson

Ted Cooper (Lt Hazen)
Tom Daly (Charlie)
Steve Acton (Mobile Center Dispatcher)
Burt Wenland (Agent Joe)
Lela Nelson (Betty Evans)
Harry Landers (Lt Bowers)
Burt Arnold (Darrow)
Sandy Sanders (1st policeman)
Harry Strang (neighbor)
Jim Bannon (Desk Sergeant Jim)
Jack Daly (Joe Wakeman)
Michael Mark (refinery watchman)
Rudolph Anders (Dr Wyatt)
James Seay (Major Andrews)
Noreen Nash (Barbara Randall)
Steve Clark (Bill Randall)
Dick Sands (the phantom)

Alternative Titles

Fantasma dello spazio, Il – Italy

Extracts included in
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
Horrible Horror (1986)
Monsterama Sci-Fi Late Night Creature Feature Show Vol. 1 (1996)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.22 p.39
  • Variety 5 February 1953 – note


  • Anniston Star 24 June 1953 p.11 – article (After the Whistle by Paul Cox)
  • Dixon Evening Telegraph 17 December 1952 p.4 – note (In Hollywood by Erskind Johnson)
  • Monroe News Star 18 December 1952 p.9 – note (Hollywood by Jimmy Fidler)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) pp.140-141
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.383
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.99-100 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.366 – credits