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Project Moon Base
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Project Moon Base -- Robert Heinlein's vision of space travel and the future of man are depicted in his second cinematic space travel adventure, his first being "Destination Moon" three years earlier. Colonel Breiteis, a female rocket pilot, and Major Moore, her co-pilot, are selected to orbit the Moon to survey a landing area for a future expedition, but a ruthless Russian spy-scientist aboard the ship causes it to land on the lunar surface, stranded and out of fuel. Will they live or die in these dire circumstances? Writer Heinlein gives us thrilling ideas of an orbital space station where people walk on the walls and ceilings, a rocketship that looks much like the real one that landed on the Moon in 1969, the American Space Force, commie spies and a woman President of the United States.

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Writers:
Robert A. Heinlein (screenplay) and
Jack Seaman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 September 1953 (USA) See more »
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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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63 min
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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:
Continuity: When Bill is returning from setting up the relay, as he is crawling on the ground, the shadow of the spaceship leg changes position between close up and far away shots. In this same sequence, there are several shots of Col Briteis sitting frozen at the screen, evidenced by the clock second hand not moving.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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Space slumber, 18 April 2015
Author: Wizard-8 from Victoria, BC

Robert A. Heinlein certainly wrote some great science fiction tales in his life, but I wasn't surprised to find out that he didn't like this science fiction movie that he helped script. In fairness, most of the blame doesn't fall on his shoulders. For starters, the movie simply didn't have an adequate budget for the most part. While there are a few neat low budget effects here and there, a real feeling of cheapness can be felt from start to end. And under the direction of Richard Talmadge, the movie suffers from not only a really slow pace (despite the running time being only a little over an hour), but from missing feelings of awe, wonder, and plain old excitement that you'd expect from a movie concerning explorers of the moon. The movie is slightly more scientifically accurate about space exploration and travel than a number of other science fiction films from this same time period, but the movie is so dull I would have welcomed a tribe of moon women appearing just to have some unintended humor to liven things up.

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