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On the Threshold of Space (1956)



(as Simon Wincelberg), (as Francis Cockrell)


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Complete credited cast:
Capt. Jim Hollenbeck
Pat Lange
Maj. Ward Thomas
Dr. Hugo Thornton
Capt. Mike Bentley
Lt. Mort Glenn
Lee Welch
Lt. Col. Dick Masters
Sgt. Ike Forbes
Donald Murphy ...
Sgt. Zack Deming
Communications Officer
Dan C. Ogle ...
Himself - Prologue (as Major General Dan C. Ogle)


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Release Date:

30 April 1956 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

(magnetic prints) (Westrex Recording System)| (optical prints) (Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Hodiak died suddenly one morning just before he headed to the set to film one of his final scenes for this film. He suffered a heart attack. See more »


Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #6.27 (1956) See more »

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More a training film than a movie
15 February 2010 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

Someone at 20th Century-Fox must have really wanted to make this movie. It would seem to have only marginal appeal to a general audience, lacking in romance for women and in action for men, and top-billed Guy Madison simply didn't have enough box office clout to carry it to success. It has the straightforward, humorless feel of one of those this-is-good-for-you training films you sat through in orientation sessions.

Perhaps for that reason, however, it does have a certain value as a documentary-like glimpse into the very beginnings of the USA's space program in the mid-1950s, unencumbered by phony heroics and comic relief. It also offers a final look at John Hodiak as well as providing a bit of work for the always-welcome Dean Jagger. Guy Madison seems too much of a lightweight for his part and Virgnia Leith can be no more than pleasant. To be fair, however, neither one has much to work with in the script.

Madison has two bare-chest scenes -- one on a beach and one in the bedroom. (He and wife Virginia Leith have separate beds.) In order to project a clean-cut image, Madison's hairy chest has been shaved into a boyish smoothness.

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