Full Name: Mel Hunter
Series Name: World Of Giants
Nationality: American
Organization: The Bureau
Occupation Agent

Creator: Otto Lang
Time Span: 1959 - 1959


Mel Hunter is an agent with the Bureau.

Exactly which "Bureau" this is remains unstated. The assumption is that it is the FBI based largely on the use of the term 'special agent'. Still, a few other government agencies have the word 'bureau' in their names and there is nothing to say that still more, especially highly secret ones, might just be called that by their employees.

The story of Hunter is told in a baker's dozen of adventures. The first one is begun with Hunter making several very important announcements, the first of which is, "You are about to see one of the most closely guarded secrets and one of the most fantastic series of events ever recorded in the annals of counter-espionage. This is my story; the story of Mel Hunter who lives in your world ... a World of Giants."

Hunter is unique among all the other operative working for the department for one astounding reason: he is six inches tall!

Hunter will go on to explain, "The Bureau guards many fantastic secrets, but none quite so fantastic as Mel Hunter, me. Following my escape from a nightmare behind the Iron Curtain six months, I watched along with 14 doctor and 17 scientists and saw myself shrink to the size of a six-inch ruler. The shrinking had stopped. The scientists are hoping; still working on my case. And I was still a special agent ... a kind of special special agent."

We will discover soon that Hunter had been an accomplished espionage agent who had been on a highly classified operation breaking into a top-secret missile launch facility behind the Iron Curtain. After a mishap at the base, Hunter was exposed to a new rocket fuel being used for the vehicle. A brief time later, back home, Hunter and others were stunned to watch him begin to rapidly shrink in size until he was but 6" tall.

What caused the shrinking was unknown. Why it stopped when it did was unknown. How long it would last was unknown.

What was known, or at least made obvious, was that Hunter was a) now in constant peril from an incredible number of previously innocuous events, such as a pencil falling near him which could crush him, and b) he was able to get into places without being noticed, making him a fantastic espionage weapon.

Add to that the fact that medical tests revealed some important facts. He now possessed "superhuman manual dexterity coupled with agility and reflexes many times faster than normal", likened as being "somewhere between a hummingbird and a mongoose". He would need those talents daily just to survive the outside world but when on a mission, they would be invaluable.

Along with Hunter on that fateful mission, though not close enough to the explosion to be affected like Hunter was, was his best friend, Bill Winters. Winters was the one who got his dazed and groggy colleague out of the place and to safety. It is now Winters who provides vital services to the miniature Hunter. Winters is for the most part a bodyguard to Hunter. He also is a sounding board and confidant. And he is the transportation mechanism by which Hunter is able to get to and from the office and out into the field to do his work as an agent.

Hunter travels mostly inside a specially constructed briefcase which Winters carries around with him, handcuffed to his wrist to ensure someone does not walk off with it. A small chair is bolted to the insides and Hunter straps himself in for his ride. Air holes allow breathing and some light to get in but otherwise it has to be a pretty claustrophobic situation.


Number of Episodes:13
First Appearance:1959
Last Appearance:1959

Marshall ThompsonMel Hunter [ 1 ]
Arthur FranzBill Winters [ 1 ]
John GallaudetCommissioner Hogg [ 1 ]
Marcia HendersonMiss Brown [ 1 ]

     Apparently created in connection with CBS, this series was never part of any network schedule but instead released for syndication throughout the country.

Note: there is some disagreement among sources about the order of the final three episodes, though since it would have been up to the individual station when to run them and because each episode past the first was a stand-alone, it doesn't matter much.

1 Special Agent
Episode S1-1, first aired 09/05/1959
Director: Otto Lang
Writers: Donald Duncan, Jack Laird

The mission for Mel Hunter and Bill Winters is to procure stolen classified documents taken by enemy agents and now hidden in a warehouse office.

2 Time Bomb
Episode S1-2, first aired 09/12/1959
Director: Otto Lang
Writer: Charles Lawson

A package with a ticking time bomb is delivered to their house. Mel Hunter must alert Bill out in the garage but that means venturing into a very dangerous outdoors.

3 Teeth of the Watch Dog
Episode S1-3, first aired 09/19/1959
Director: Monroe Askins
Writers: Joe Stone, Paul King

A former actress is suspected of being a courier for an international spy ring. It is the job of Mel Hunter to help interrogate her.

4 Death Trap
Episode S1-4, first aired 09/26/1959
Director: Byron Haskin
Writer: Donald Duncan

After a car accident that Bill Winters was involved in, the briefcase containing Mel Hunter is tossed from the car and goes missing.

5 Gambling Story
Episode S1-5, first aired 10/03/1959
Director: Nathan Juran
Writer: Richard Carr

The task for Mel Hunter and Bill Winters is to prove that a casino owner is paying off foreign agents by using a crooked roulette wheel.

6 Chemical Story
Episode S1-6, first aired 10/10/1959
Director: Eugène Lourié
Writers: Meyer Dolinsky, Robert C. Dennis

Tasked with getting hold of several test tubes holding stolen Yttrium phosphorus chemicals, Mel Hunter gets into the refrigerator holding them but then becomes trapped.

7 Feathered Foe
Episode S1-7, first aired 10/17/1959
Director: Nathan Juran
Writers: Dan Lundberg, Hugh Lacey

A foreign agent has made his base of operations a cabin in a wooded wilderness. He uses carrier pigeons to send his uncovered intelligence to his bosses. Mel Hunter and Bill Winters is set on him.

8 The Pool
Episode S1-8, first aired 10/24/1959
Director: Nathan Juran
Writer: Lawrence Mascott

Mel Hunter is on his own for this mission after Bill Winters is shot. The assignment is to get hold of an enemy codebook, makes a copy, and then put it back without being noticed. Adding difficulty is the fact that the codebook is hidden in a swimming pool.

9 Rainbow of Fire
Episode S1-9, first aired 10/31/1959
Director: Harry Horner
Writers: A. Sanford Wolf, Irwin Winehouse

After a rocket malfunctioned and landed somewhere in the Caribbean, it falls to Mel Hunter and Bill Winters to find the missile and retrieve a secret recording device from it.

10 The Smugglers
Episode S1-10, first aired 11/07/1959
Director: Nathan Juran
Writer: Fred Freiberger

The mission for Mel Hunter and Bill Winters is to go to Hong Kong and find a way of stopping the smugglers who are bringing people out of Red China.

11 Unexpected Murder
Episode S1-11, first aired 11/14/1959
Director: Jack Arnold
Writer: Meyer Dolinsky

Bill Winters has learned that a local pharmacist has been smuggling counterfeit money out of the drug store.

12 Panic in 3B
Episode S1-12, first aired 11/21/1959
Director: Jack Arnold
Writers: A. Sanford Wolf, Irwin Winehouse

Eastern European agents are out to snatch Mel Hunter to find out what made him shrink.

13 Off Beat
Episode S1-13, first aired 11/28/1959
Director: Harry Horner
Writers: Kay Lenard, Jess Carneol

While on the trail of art thieves, Mel Hunter becomes certain that a jazz musician, supposedly disfigured in a car accident, is really an impostor.


I was 7 years old when this series first ran. I would not have been the least bit interested in it at the time since there were no cartoon character involved. (Plus we only had 2 television stations we could receive on the farm and I doubt either carried this syndicated show.)

I never even heard of this show for many, many years and when I did hear rumors about it, I had a great deal of skepticism. Eventually I would read enough short blurbs about it that my doubt went away but my incredulity remained.

It would be through the glory of YouTube that I was able to finally see episodes for myself. My doubt was gone completely. My incredulity - not so much.

Watching some episodes and reading the plotlines of all of them, I was impressed at the breadth of scope and imagination. I read that the cost of creating many of the props, like a giant pencil and a huge dial phone, made the series very expensive to produce. I can believe it.


My Grade: B


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