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Satellite in the Sky (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 21 July 1956 (USA)
The British launch the world's first orbital vehicle. Their military sends a super-bomb along, which goes wrong and threatens the crew and a stowaway.

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Commander Michael Hayden
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Kim Hamilton
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Professor Merrity
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Jimmy Wheeler
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Larry Noble
Barry Keegan ...
Lefty Blake
Donald Gray ...
Captain Ross
Thea Gregory ...
Barbara Noble
Shirley Lawrence ...
Ellen
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Colonel Galloway
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Professor Blandford
Peter Neil ...
Tony
Ryck Rydon ...
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A crew of astronauts, including a scientist and a reporter, launch from England into outer space on a rocket which can serve as a satellite. Their mission is to test a new tritonium bomb, but after the bomb fails to repel itself from the ship, the crew has only a matter of hours to defuse or destroy the weapon before it explodes. Written by Marty McKee <mailto:mmckee@soltec.net>

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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The delta wing aircraft in the opening minutes of this movie was the long-range British heavy bomber the Vulcan. The Vulcan was in use from 1952-1984 and saw service in the Falkland war. See more »

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Repeatedly, the characters state "there is no gravity in space" or "in space where we are beyond gravity..." Gravity is everywhere. There is no place in the Universe where gravity's effects are not felt. See more »

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Kim Hamilton: Well, what if the STARDUST blows up, as she probably will?
Cmdr. Michael Haydon: Well, then we'll know... at least the designers will know... that the fuel or the design wasn't perfect.
Kim Hamilton: Some people find it impossible to be quite so impersonal, Commander. If I may be personal, I'm glad I'm not your wife.
Cmdr. Michael Haydon: And if I may be personal, so am I.
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Bad Planning; Bad Execution
15 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We can forgive them because it was 1956, but this is a real pedestrian space yarn with a lot of holes in it. It's in the middle of the Cold War and the development of a rocket to the stratosphere is commandeered to test a bomb-to-end-all-bombs. This will create what we in the late 20th Century called detente. Even the crew is ignorant of the whole process, but some government zealots go off half cocked with little regard for the dangers, in order to scare the world out of developing any further weapons, fighting any future wars. Of course, the whole thing has to go off just right, and we know it isn't. Once again we have the obligatory pushy female (a reporter who stows away on the rocket) who pushes everyone's buttons. Just to show you what a progressive time she lives in, she ends up making coffee and sandwiches for the guys. There is the idea that science is advancing too fast. In the end, this is a movie about dealing with the realities of miscalculation. The slipshod methods make this less than it could have been. It does have decent special effects or its time.


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