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The Incredible Shrinking Man
1957 | Color | 81 Min | 1:85:1 | PG-13 | Sci-Fi | Mono | Universal

Director:
Jack Arnold

Writers: 
Richard Matheson

Stars: 
Grant Williams
Randy Stuart
April Kent

Scott Carey and his wife Louise are sunning themselves on their cabin cruiser, the small craft adrift on a calm sea. While his wife is below deck, a low mist passes over him. Scott, lying in the sun, is sprinkled with glittery particles that quickly evaporate.

Later he is accidentally sprayed with an insecticide while driving and, in the next few days, he finds that he has begun to shrink. First just a few inches, so that his clothes no longer fit, then a little more. Soon he is only three feet tall, and a national curiosity. At six inches tall he can only live in a doll's house and even that becomes impossible when his cat breaks in. Scott flees to the cellar, his wife thinks he has been eaten by the cat and the door to the cellar is closed, trapping him in the littered room where, menaced by a giant spider, he struggles to survive.


They just don't make them like this anymore. Sure you can tell it's on a sound stage but nevertheless its a fun time. One of the effects was archived by filling condoms up with water to create giant drops of water.



Writer Richard Matheson also penned a sequel "The Fantastic Shrinking Girl" but was eventually scrapped by Universal. So here are a few goofs to watch for. When Scott approaches the bird behind the wire mesh, he is holding the piece of cake with his left hand. Next shot the piece of cake is in his right hand. When Scott and Louise are talking with the doctor and she remembers the day they were in the boat and he mentions the mist, Louise's shirt changes to black as they get into the car.




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  1. Wish I'd known this was on -- haven't seen it since I was a kid

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