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Project Moon Base
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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
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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
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cat Woman on the Moon" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
63 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
This movie and Cat-Women of the Moon (1953) were made using the some of the same sets and costumes. The two films were then released within one day of each other.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:
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)See more »

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10 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable obscure 50's sci fi, 21 January 2005
Author: Chris Gaskin from Derby, England

Project Moonbase was a pilot for a planned TV series but that never happened. It is a rather obscure movie but at least it has been released on VHS and DVD in the States. A mate of mine did me a copy of his DVD.

The United States is considering building is considering building bases on the Moon and an expedition consisting of a man and women plus a scientist, unaware he is actually a Russian spy is sent there to look at possible sites. After being found out, they land on the Moon and he is made to help to put up a radio mast, but is killed towards the end. The man and woman then get married while on the Moon by one of the controllers back on Earth and their new base becomes known as Moonbase 1. The President then speaks to them, who is female.

The movie's score is rather eerie and the cast is mostly made up of unknowns, led by Hayden Rorke and Donna Martell. Their uniforms are certainly unusual: tee shirt and shorts and funny hats!

This movie is worth looking at if you get the chance. A good way of spending an hour one evening.

Rating: 3 and a half stars out of 5.

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