Attack of the Puppet People (1957)
Director: Bert I. Gordon
Screenplay by: George Worthing Yates from a story by Bert I. Gordon
Starring: John Agar, John Hoyt and June Kenney
Tagline: Terror Comes In Small Packages!
The Overview: Beware of spoilers…
Mr. Franz (Hoyt) owns a doll company that makes popular, lifelike dolls. Little does anyone know that Mr. Franz’s personal doll collection is made from real people that he has shrunk to doll size. When Mr. Franz’s secretary, Sally Reynolds (Kenney) discovers what Franz has been doing, she goes to the police. Of course they don’t believe Franz is doing anything wrong,.. until Sally turns up missing and Franz has a new doll in his collection!
Attack of the Puppet People was given the greenlight due to the success of The Incredible Shrinking Man. It was rushed into production with Bert I. Gordon (The Amazing Colossal Man) at the helm. Fair warning, if the poster for Attack of the Puppet People sold you on the movie, please know… 1) They weren’t really puppet people. 2) There were no “Doll Dwarfs”. 3) No “giant beasts” were crushed or did crushing. 4) No giant dog vs steak knife wielding little folks… Just so ya know.
Attack of the Puppet People earned a 2 of 5 star rating.