The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (1955) starring Kent Taylor, Cathy Downs, Michael Whalen
Synopsis of The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues
In The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues, a mysterious sea creature is murdering people, and two independent government agents are investigating. A marine biologist knows more than he is telling, and the body count rises …
Review of The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues
In short, The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues is an unexceptional monster movie from the 1950s. There’s a marauding sea creature (a man in a bad creature suit) that is murdering people. Specifically, anyone who gets too close the radioactive rock on the ocean floor that’s responsible for its mutation.
The marine biologist turns out to be the mad scientist who mutated the creature in the first place. Unlike so many of the mad scientists of the 1950s, he’s a man with a conscience who regrets what happened. The scientist destroys his lab before heading out to confront his creature with dynamite.
Haven’t I seen you someplace before?
Dr. Ted Stevens (Kent Taylor) the scientific investigator Boston Blackie, The Crawling Hand
Lois King (Cathy Downs) the scientist’s daughter My Darling Clementine, The Amazing Colossal Man
- Professor King (Michael Whalen) the unintentional mad scientist Wee Willie Winkie, The Dawn Express
- Wanda (Helene Stanton) the gorgeous foreign agent The Big Combo, Jungle Moon Men
- George Thomas (Phillip Pine) the untrustworthy, murderous assistant Men in War, Murder by Contract
- Ethel Hall (Vivi Janiss) Professor Kings unattractive secretary, who is willing to spy on him and help the agents First You Cry, Father Knows Best (TV series)
You know the story: A radioactive rock at the bottom of the ocean causes a sea creature to mutate into a horrible, amphibious monster. This seemed to happen a lot in the 1950s. Director Dan Milner (who also gave us From Hell It Came, a film about an evil tree stump) hits all the right notes here, helped by a cast that includes Kent Taylor, Cathy Downs, and Michael Whalen. Also, pay attention to the score by Ronald Stein, who graduated from the Yale School of Music to become the Tchaikovsky of B-Movies, scoring such “classics” as Attack of the 50-Foot Woman, and Invasion of the Saucer Men!