The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues

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The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues
Directed by Dan Milner
Produced by Dan and Jack Milner
Written by Lou Rusoff
Based on original story by Dorys Lukather
Starring Kent Taylor
Cathy Downs
Michael Whalen
Music by Ronald Stein
Cinematography Brydon Baker
Edited by Jack Milner
Milner Bros. Productions
Distributed by American Releasing Corporation
Release date
  • December 1955 (1955-12)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $75,000[1][2]
Box office $400,000 (as part of double bill)[3]

The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues is a 1955 science fiction film, directed by Dan Milner, produced by Dan and Jack Milner (two former film editors), starring Kent Taylor.

The movie was released in December 1955 on a double bill with Day the World Ended, American Releasing Corporation's first double feature. American Releasing Corporation soon changed their name to American International Pictures. Both films cost approximately $100,000 each.[4] It has had many DVD releases.


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 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.



The American Releasing Company began making low budget movies. They realised if they made two low budget films and distributed them on a double bill they could make more profit.[5] 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.[3]


The double bill with Day the World Ended proved popular, due in part to savvy marketing by James H. Nicholson. Within two months of release the films had earned $400,000.[3]

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DVD releases[edit]

The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues was released for CatCom and for one of the 50 horror movies 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 shared with The Beast with a Million Eyes (1955).


  1. ^ Samuel Z Arkoff & Richard Turbo, Flying Through Hollywood By the Seat of My Pants, Birch Lane Press, 1992 p 45
  2. ^ Gary A. Smith, American International Pictures: The Golden Years, Bear Manor Media 2014 p 25
  3. ^ a b c Mark McGee, Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures, McFarland, 1996 p42-49
  4. ^ p.24 Weaver, Tom The Samuel Z. Arkoff Interview Interviews With B Science Fiction And Horror Movie Makers: Writers, Producers, Directors, Actors, Moguls and Makeup Artists McFarland, 30/09/2006
  5. ^ Shocker Pioneers Tell How to Make Monsters: Want to Make a Monster? Experts Tell How It's Done Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 21 Sep 1958: E1.

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