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Director:
Writers:
Robert A. Heinlein (screenplay) and
Jack Seaman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 September 1953 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Thrills Come Rocketing to the Screen as Science Smashes a New Frontier! See more »
Plot:
A saboteur posing as a scientist strives to destroy the world's first space station. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Donna Martell ... Colonel Briteis

Hayden Rorke ... Gen. 'Pappy' Greene
Ross Ford ... Maj. Bill Moore
Larry Johns ... Doctor Wernher
Herb Jacobs ... Mr. Roundtree
Barbara Morrison ... Polly Prattles
Ernestine Barrier ... Madame President
James Craven ... Commodore Carlson
John Hedloe ... Adjutant
Peter Adams ... Captain Carmody
Robert Karnes ... Sam
John Straub ... Chaplain
Charles Keane ... Spacom Operator
John Tomecko ... Blockhouse Operator
Robert Paltz ... Bellboy

Directed by
Richard Talmadge 
 
Writing credits
Robert A. Heinlein (screenplay and story) (as Robert Heinlein) and
Jack Seaman (screenplay and story)

Produced by
Karl H. Johnson .... associate producer
Jack Seaman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Herschel Burke Gilbert 
 
Cinematography by
William C. Thompson (director of photography) (as William Thompson)
 
Film Editing by
Roland Gross 
 
Production Design by
Jerome Pycha Jr. 
 
Makeup Department
Harry Thomas .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Karl H. Johnson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leonard J. Shapiro .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Ted Bellinger .... sound effects editor
Joel Moss .... sound
William Randall .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Jacque Fresco .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jacque Fresco .... miniatures
Jack R. Glass .... photographic effects
Howard Weeks .... miniatures
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack E. Miller .... wardrobe (as Jack Miller)
 
Music Department
Herschel Burke Gilbert .... music director
Joseph Mullendore .... orchestrator
Samuel Hoffman .... musician: theremin (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jus Addiss .... assistant to producer (as Justus Addiss)
Earl T. Roberts Jr. .... assistant to producer
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Cat Woman on the Moon" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
63 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
USA:Approved (certificate #16332)

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Trivia:
The film takes place in 1970.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the moon spacecraft leaves the space station from Dock 4, views from space show the docking hatch open. Views from inside the ship of the space station on the big screen clearly show the docking hatch closed.See more »
Quotes:
Gen. 'Pappy' Greene:Colonel, I'm sending Major Moore as your co-pilot.
Col. Briteis:Bill Moore? Oh no General, you can't!
Gen. 'Pappy' Greene:And why not?
Col. Briteis:The big lug hates me, he's jealous of me.
Gen. 'Pappy' Greene:Now you listen to me, 'Brighteyes'...
Col. Briteis:"Bright-ice", if you please...
Gen. 'Pappy' Greene:Shut up BrightEYES, and listen to me! Major Moore is the best pilot we've got, better than you are!
Col. Briteis:But, I don't understand why you...
Gen. 'Pappy' Greene:PIPE DOWN! If he weighed 90 pounds instead of 180, he'd be a Colonel and a public hero and you'd still be a Captain. But you got the orbiting flight, you got the ticker tape parade and all the rest. Ever since then you've been too big for your britches. Get me?
[Turns away from her]
[...]
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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Hahahahahahahahahahaha, 21 January 2008
Author: Gatorman9

What you would think of this film depends entirely upon your own sense of humor. As pointed out ad nauseum by other reviewers, this was the subject of a skewering by "Mystery Science Theater 3000", and there is no reason why you can't watch and enjoy it just as much supplying your own wisecracks in place of those of the MST3K's writers. A true campfest, it clearly wasn't intended to be taken entirely seriously even when it was first released in 1953. It is certainly as amusing as anything you are likely to see on "David Letterman." It is also interesting for what it reveals about 1950's conceptions of the future and the science and technology of space travel (this four years before ANY satellite had ever been launched) in comparison with what we now take for granted at this late date of 2008, as well as the way in which science fiction was expected to be portrayed at that time (when technical theorizing and "gee-whiz" gadgetry were about mandatory in the genre -- just check out the cordless telephones!), even apart from the more obvious social commentary it provides.

Thus, while judging it as a serious effort might rate two stars or so, for more lighthearted viewers you can probably bump that up to as high as a six, if not even higher if this kind of thing is just what you are in the mood for. In that regard, I have to wonder how many people under 40 would really appreciate it.

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