Dr. Cyclops (1940)
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as Dr. Thorkel
as Dr. Mary Robinson
as Bill Stockton
as Dr. Bulfinch
as Steve Baker
as Silent Indian
as Cab Driver
as Cab Driver
as Dr. Mendoza
as Prof. Kendall
Critic Reviews for Dr. Cyclops
Dr. Cyclops is the best bad picture of the year, an epic of silliness, and, more than that, a triumph of the process screen and the department of trick effects all combined very tastefully with Technicolor.
An engaging fantasy with brilliantly executed (though mostly rather unimaginative) special effects which look back to The Devil Doll and forward to The Incredible Shrinking Man.
The story and characterisation is where this movie falls apart, even given the fact that you know from the start it's going to be schlocky.
The standard plot now looks hackneyed, and the cueball-headed Dekker is stereotypically crazy. However, the impressive array of oversize props make this a lot of fun to watch.
Audience Reviews for Dr. Cyclops
Another film from the ultimate Sci Fi Collection. This is about a film where a Doctor is using uranium to miniaturizes things, The miniature horse is pretty cool, then 5 people will not leave him alone so he miniaturizes them. Must have been a drive in hit. 3 stars
This movie feels like a 50s B movie, and it's pretty much the same story as the late 50s movie, Attack of the Puppet People, but Dr. Cyclops got there first. This movie has cool special effects, which reminded me of 50s movies, and I was surprised to see such effects in a movie from 1940. It's not a fantastic story by today's standards, but this movie is still pretty cool when you think about it.
Dr. Alexander Thorkel has discovered a way to use radiation to shrink pigs, horses and other assorted animals to a fraction of their former size. Obsessed with this new discovery and paranoid that his colleagues will steal his invention, he decides to shrink them as well. I caught this one on late-night television many, many years ago and absolutely loved it. Albert Dekker is the ultimate "mad scientist" in this Technicolor extravaganza of campy dialog and extraordinary special effects.