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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Attack Of The Puppet People (1958)

Starring John Agar, John Hoyt, June Kenney, Susan Gordon, Michael Mark
Directed by Bert I. Gordon
(actor & director credits courtesy

A young woman goes to work for a dollmaker, and soon begins to suspect that the life-like dolls on display in his factory may be real people who've mysteriously gone missing.

Released on the heels of the similar-themed but better regarded The Incredible Shrinking Man, and compared to that sci-fi classic, this film has an inferior storyline and lesser special effects, but it's still a lot of fun.  Hoyt makes a fine sympathetic villain, and Gordon and crew make good use of believable oversized sets and props for their "shrunken" cast to interact with.  Albert Glasser adds the right notes of menace when appropriate in his music score, and Agar and Kenney are appealing as the romantic leads.  On the minus side, there's more than a few plot holes in the script, but they can easily be dismissed for those in the mood for an entertaining B-movie experience.

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