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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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Director:
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 »
User Reviews:
Enjoyable obscure 50's sci fi See more (24 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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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 »
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Anachronisms: The story takes place in 1972 where space travel is accepted, yet early in the movie the airplane used is propeller driven. With all of the other spacecraft special effects, it would seem reasonable to project commercial air travel into the future as well. [Disputed: Faulty reasoning. By 1953, all the forms of air travel in use today, 2014, had already been invented and were in use. We were still using propellor-driven aircraft in the 1970s. We still are today.]See more »
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Col. Briteis:[after panicking over their predicament] Sorry for going female on you, Major.See more »

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11 out of 18 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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