Attack of the Puppet People (1958)

‘Doll dwarfs versus the crushing giant beasts!’

Attack of the Puppet People  is a 1958 American science fiction horror film directed, produced and written by Bert I. Gordon. It stars John Hoyt as an eccentric doll maker. It was produced by Alta Vista Productions and distributed by American International Pictures.

Sally Reynolds (June Kenney) answers a newspaper advertisement for a secretary; Franz’s previous one has mysteriously vanished. Although she is concerned about his obsession with his dolls, she reluctantly agrees to take the job. She soon meets a traveling salesman, Bob Westley (John Agar), who immediately sets about attempting to seduce her. Their relationship become serious enough that Bob persuades Sally to quit her job, promising to break the news to Franz.

The next day however, Franz informs Sally that Bob has gone back home to take care of business and that she should forget him. She, however, is unwilling to accept this and goes to the police with a theory about Franz’ role in her boyfriend’s disappearance (“He made Bob into a doll!”), but Sergeant Paterson (Jack Kosslyn) is skeptical. Franz has developed a machine which can shrink people down to a sixth of their original size. He then uses it on anyone who tries to leave him. When he finds that Sally plans to quit, she becomes his latest victim…

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Trivia:

I Was a Teenage Doll (working title)
Six Inches Tall (UK)

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