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In an attempt to discover the composition of meteors, three astronauts are sent out into space in three specially designed rockets. Their mission is to capture a meteor and bring it to Earth. Written by
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This is the second of three films in producer Ivan Tors' "OSI" series. The scientists are taken to the "Snake Mountain Proving Grounds, operated by the Office of Scientific Investigation," according to Dr. Dryden. Dr. Stanton's desk nameplate indicates he is "Chief of Investigations." See more »
As Stanton's rocket flies back to Earth, its altitude is reported first as 12,000 feet, and a few moments later as 5000 feet, yet both times it's still shown in outer space. The rocket is finally shown entering the atmosphere at an altitude of 1000 feet - all of these altitudes low, since the outermost edge of space is well in excess of 100,000 feet (about 20 miles) or more above the Earth's surface. See more »
Dr. Paul Dryden:
Good afternoon gentlemen. I trust you had a pleasant trip. I'm Dr. Dryden. Unfortunately, the nature of my doctorate will have to remain a secret for a few days.
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Experimental rockets are having trouble breaking Earth's atmosphere safely, due to cosmic rays and radiation. The best scientific brains in the United States decide to pick a team of men for manned missions into space. They hope to bring back meteors. Scientists want to find out what helps meteors survive space travel. Of course, we don't have to go out to look for them, since meteorites do arrive on their own. However, the goal, herein, is to study meteors before they are altered by Earth's atmosphere...
"Riders to the Stars" features inaccuracy in details, but the main idea is plausible. The blast offs and ending are highlights, but there is not much action or adventure, overall...
Director/co-star Richard Carlson (as Jerome "Jerry" Lockwood), producer Ivan Tors and writer Curt Siodmak would seem a team capable of more excitement. William Lundigan (as Richard Stanton) performs heroically for fatherly Herbert Marshall (as Donald Stanton). Females are not considered suitable for space travel, but it's nice to see well-positioned blonde Martha Hyer (as Jane Flynn) and beautifully-proportioned brunette Dawn Addams (as Susan Manners) decorate many dull stretches.
**** Riders to the Stars (1/14/54) Richard Carlson ~ William Lundigan, Richard Carlson, Martha Hyer, Herbert Marshall
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