Release dateDecember 1955 Based onoriginal story by Dorys Lukather WriterLou Rusoff (screenplay), Dorys Lukather (original story) GenresHorror, Science Fiction, B movie, Monster movie, Monster, Indie film, Black-and-white, Natural horror film CastKent Taylor (Dr. Ted Stevens / Ted Baxter), Cathy Downs (Lois King), Michael Whalen (Prof. King), Helene Stanton (Wanda), Phillip Pine (George Thomas), Rodney Bell (William S. 'Bill' Grant) Similar moviesThe Loch Ness Horror, Independence Day, Godzilla, Tarantula, Revenge of the Creature, Cloverfield
TaglineTerror is about to surface!
The phantom from 10 000 leagues 1955 full horror movie kent taylor cathy downs michael whalen
The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues is a 1955 independently made American black-and-white science fiction monster film, produced by Jack Milner and Dan Milner (who also directed), that stars Kent Taylor and Cathy Downs.
The film's December release was on a double bill with Day the World Ended, American Releasing Corporation's first dual release. ARC soon thereafter changed its name to American International Pictures.
The phantom from 10 000 leagues 1955 horror
A mysterious, man-sized monster kills a fisherman at sea. Biologist Ted Baxter (Kent Taylor) finds the body on the beach, along with Federal Agent William Grant (Rodney Bell), and they decide to investigate the death. Ted eventually discovers that Dr. King (Michael Whalen), another marine biologist, created the monster and the radioactive rock with a mutating device in his laboratory. Meanwhile, foreign agents try to discover Dr. King's secrets, while Ted and King's daughter (Cathy Downs) develop a relationship.
Agent Grant captures the foreign agents, while Ted finally tells Dr. King the monster is killing people and must be stopped. When King witnesses a ship explode as it passes over the rock, he realizes Ted is right, destroys his lab and goes to kill his creation using dynamite. Shortly before a timed detonation, the monster grabs him. Ted arrives just in time to witness the explosion, which destroys the rock, the monster, and Dr. King.
Kent Taylor as Dr. Ted Stevens, alias Ted Baxter
Cathy Downs as Lois King
Michael Whalen as Professor King
Phillip Pine as Agent George Thomas
Rodney Bell as William Grant
Vivi Janiss as Ethel Hall
Helene Stanton as Spy Chief Wanda
Michael Garth as Sheriff
Pierce Lyden as Andy The Janitor
Norma Hanson as The Phantom
When American Releasing Company began making low budget movies, they realized that if they made two low budget films and distributed them together on a double bill, they could make a larger profit. ARC's cofounder James H. Nicholson came up with the title. He was looking for a movie to support Day the World Ended on a double bill. ARC lacked money to make both films so they allocated Phantom to Dan and Jack Milner, film editors who wanted to get into production. ARC and Milner spit the costs 60/40.
Both films cost approximately $100,000 each to make. The double bill with Day the World Ended proved popular, due in part to savvy marketing by James H. Nicholson. Within two months of their release, both films had earned $400,000.
The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues has had many DVD releases. It was released by CatCom as one of 50 horror films in a huge box set. In 2007 Metro-Goldwyn Mayer distributed The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues as part of its Midnight Movies catalog on a double-feature DVD with The Beast with a Million Eyes (1955).