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Riders to the Stars (1954)

 -  Drama | Sci-Fi  -  14 January 1954 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Lundigan ...
Dr. Richard Stanton
Herbert Marshall ...
Dr. Don Stanton
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Dr. Jerry Lockwood
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Dr. Jane Flynn
Dawn Addams ...
Susan Manners
Robert Karnes ...
Walter Gordon
Lawrence Dobkin ...
Dr. Delmar
George Eldredge ...
Dr. Paul Dryden
Dan Riss ...
Dr. Frank Werner
Michael Fox ...
Dr. Klinger
King Donovan ...
James O'Herli
Kem Dibbs ...
David Wells
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Dr. Sidney K. Fuller (as James K. Best)
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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 Patrick D. Rockwell <prockwell@thegrid.net>

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Space Vikings... Hurtling Toward Distant Suns and Amazing Adventure! See more »

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14 January 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Caminho das Estrelas  »

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Actually, when the scientists arrive, they are told that the base is operated by OSI. Also, the jeeps seen at the beginning have OSI stenciled on the hoods. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Delmar calls for a voice check from each of the pilots just before the rockets take off, their names - "Gordon - Lockwood - Stanton" are heard coming over the radio in response. But it is plain that all three replies are being voiced by actor/director Richard Carlson (who plays Lockwood). See more »

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Dr. Jerry Lockwood: [to Susan Manners] I've only got 20-20 vision for you.
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Riders to the Stars
Music by Harry Sukman
Lyrics by Leon Pober
Vocalist: Kitty White
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A moderately interesting space program film with only adequate special effects
25 July 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Considering that the film was made in 1954, I will cut it some slack when it comes to the special effects--though the outer space shots late in the film were pretty lame (I loved how the ships wobbled). However, even with crude special effects, this is an interesting and important sci-fi film because it has to do with the 1950s views of what the first space flights would be like as well as how they would recruit people to this program. Not knowing about the later formation of NASA and how they recruited pilots from the various branches of the military, the film takes a very different view of how people were brought into this ultra-top secret program--and I found this and the selection methods for the program to be very interesting--wrong, but interesting. Also, fortunately, the space travel was not nearly as rough or dangerous as the film portrayed it--otherwise practically none of our manned space flights would have succeeded! Still, it's a nice sci-fi--and nice to see that, for once, there are no bug-eyed aliens! Well worth seeing for sci-fi fans and lovers of history--though some kids will no doubt laugh at much of the film.


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