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Riders to the Stars (1954)

 -  Drama | Sci-Fi  -  14 January 1954 (USA)
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Complete credited cast:
William Lundigan ...
Dr. Richard Donald Stanton
Herbert Marshall ...
Dr. Donald L. Stanton / Narrator
Dr. Jerry Lockwood
Dr. Jane Flynn
Dawn Addams ...
Susan Manners
Robert Karnes ...
Walter J. Gordon
Lawrence Dobkin ...
Dr. Delmar
George Eldredge ...
Dr. Paul Drayden
Dan Riss ...
Dr. Frank Warner
Michael Fox ...
Dr. Klinger
King Donovan ...
James F. O'Herli
Kem Dibbs ...
David Wells
Sidney K. Fuller (as James K. Best)


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 <>

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meteor | astronaut | rocket | centrifuge | jeep | See more »


SEE! the fantastic 'meteor attack' as rocket and meteor crash head-on in a space-splitting collision! See more »


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14 January 1954 (USA)  »

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Cinematographer Stanley Cortez was fired and replaced (by Joseph F. Biroc) after clashing with director Herbert L. Strock, but still retained screen credit. See more »


The basic "scientific" premise of the film is that cosmic rays crystallize and pulverize metal and other materials in space, but that meteors are unaffected by cosmic rays - hence the movie's plot, to go into space to capture a meteor and find out what substance protects it from such rays. But in fact cosmic rays do not crystallize or in any way affect any substance - in space, on Earth or anywhere else - as the film claims. Thus the entire premise of the film is erroneous, a fact that was well known at the time of the movie's release in 1954. See more »


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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Not Destination Moon, but Still Good
10 February 2001 | by (South Salem NY) – See all my reviews

I recently bought a videotape copy of this on eBay to test my recollection of an old favorite. This film was shown often on the old "Chiller Theater" in the NYC viewing area during the 1960's (I think that they owned a stock of about six films). I was at a much more impressionable age at the time and sometimes these things diminish over the decades. Still, I remembered this as being special. Well, it turns out to be a pretty decent effort by both cast and crew. Significantly, it is directed by Richard Carlson, star of such notable films as "The Magnetic Monster," and who found his apex with "It Came from Outer Space." Both of these are on my "favorites" list. Carlson points this film in a direction well apart from the more typical silly space dramas of the 1950's. The cast, which includes Carlson, is first-rate. Look for William Lundigan, who probably earned his starring role on "Men Into Space" (yes, look it up!) with this film. OK, it's not "Destination Moon," but to me it easily surpasses "Rocketship X-M," a real stinker from the same period (starring Loyd Bridges!) over which some aficionados go ga-ga. IF ONLY CARLSON COULD HAVE HAD GEORGE PAL'S SPECIAL EFFECTS. Carlson unfortunately had to rely on really cheap models-on-strings and grainy stock footage of V-2 rocket tests. Usually, I can overlook low-cost effects, but these are SO cheap that the film suffers somewhat as a result. But note the dialog, the human interactions, and most of all, the sense of mission and wonder on the part of the team that needs to pave our way to the stars... Then think about the fact that this made years before Sputnik.

***01/01/2007 UPDATE*** TCM just broadcast a BEAUTIFUL color print of this gem with no commercial interruptions. I hope you had your video recorders running. I certainly did!

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