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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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This film will be of interest to some, but others beware. See more (23 total) »

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
 
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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Trivia:
This was initially intended as a pilot film for a TV series to be called "Ring Around the Moon". When science-fiction movies suddenly became popular, producer Jack Seaman added enough footage to the film to bring it up to feature length. This was done without the knowledge of writer Robert A. Heinlein, and he disowned the result.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Maj. Moore is talking from the moonbase to the space station using the large "Television Monitor". Right after the General says "Take off your rank son, this is man to man." the Major stands up and his shadow is now visible on the wall behind the General showing that the "Monitor" is just a hole in the wall and the space station set is on the other side.See more »
Quotes:
Col. Briteis:[a saboteur has just caused the ship to make an unplanned landing on the Moon. The commander is being helped off her bunk by the second in command, a seasoned pilot who had trained thoroughly for the flight, only to have been replaced by her at the last minute. She has been making snarky, catty comments at and about him the whole trip, but now she looks up at him in alarm] Bill, I muffed it!
[pause]
Col. Briteis:What'll we do?
Maj. Bill Moore:[gently] Take it easy. Come on.
[Helps her off her couch]
Col. Briteis:But you don't understand! There isn't enough fuel left! We can't take off!
[...]
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20 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
This film will be of interest to some, but others beware., 19 January 2002

This minor little early fifties space picture was compiled of episodes of an unsold TV series titled "Ring Around The Moon." This explains the films awkward bifurcated structure. The producers claim they thought these episodes look so great, that they decided to release it as feature film instead. While this may be true, I think its more likely the producers couldn't find a sponsor or a network that was interested. Which is a bit odd. For an early fifties T.V. show, this really doesn't look all that bad when compared to other early fifties shows like "Rocky Jones: Space Ranger" or "Tom Corbett Space Cadett." PROJECT MOON BASE (or "Ring Around the Moon.") seems to have slightly higher production values and more ambitious special effects than other TV shows from the period. From watching this film, its seems there was an attempt to make something more adult than other shows on TV at the time. However, these sets and special effects must of looked inadequate when seen on the big screen even in 1953.

There are some surprises here. The fact that the space commander is women is unusual for a film from the early fifties, although back in the early seventies when I first saw this film I didn't think that was so odd. What did surprise me was at the end when the president is shown to be a woman. One enlightened soul in this forum called this film "sexist" and "paranoid." I wouldn't call a film that features a women as space station commander and a woman as president "sexist", and I don't see what is so paranoid about this film. Then again, maybe I'm clueless. Then again the term "paranoid" has been used by so many pedantic critics to describe just about every 1950's sci fi/monster flick almost as if by rote.

Perhaps the most unusual thing about PROJECT MOON BASE is some of the names in the credits. The name almost always mentioned is the famed science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlan, who is credited as co-writer. It's a shame that this minor little film is one of the few times Heinlan ever worked on a film. The other name is Richard Talmadge who directed. Talmadge's career goes back to the silent period where he was one the silent periods great stunt men. He also was a star back then in his own right. Over the years Talmadge, acted, directed, produced, wrote and worked as a unit director on all kinds of films.

Over all, PROJECT MOON BASE is a rather tedious film. I recently watched it on video and sat through it with only minor interest. Unless your a fifties sci fi buff, or a fan of Heinlan, or interested in the career of Richard Talmadge, PROJECT MOON BASE will probably be rough going. It's a minor curiosity, and a footnote in the career of Robert Heinlan.

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