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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 »
User Reviews:
Expanded TV show doesn't know what it really is. Are we laughing with it or at it? 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
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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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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:[after panicking over their predicament] Sorry for going female on you, Major.See more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Expanded TV show doesn't know what it really is. Are we laughing with it or at it?, 25 July 2008
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

Failed TV show becomes a wildly uneven feature film about a space station and misdirected space shot becoming the first moonbase. Weird mix of comedy, drama and science fiction with more than a dash of (unnamed) anti-communist propaganda doesn't seem sure what it wants to be. Worse you don't know whether you're supposed to laugh at or with the film. The mere fact that this was an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 in its early days gives you an idea about how odd the film is. Its regrettably not very good and there's a good chance you'll end up turning the film off before the ending. Robert Heinlein was unhappy with the finished product because the TV show he worked on was changed against his wishes. Looking at the film and guessing what he actually had a hand in, I'm pretty sure that the evil "red" plot is his, I think that the film would still be quite silly- especially in retrospect. For bad film lovers or Heinlein completeists only.

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