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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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Kieron Moore ...
Michael
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Kim
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Merrity
Bryan Forbes ...
Jimmy
Jimmy Hanley ...
Larry
Barry Keegan ...
Lefty
Donald Gray ...
Capt. Ross
Thea Gregory ...
Barbara
Shirley Lawrence ...
Ellen
Alan Gifford ...
Col. Galloway
Walter Hudd ...
Blandford
Peter Neil ...
Tony
Ryck Rydon ...
Reporter (as Rick Rydon)
Ronan O'Casey ...
Reporter
Robert O'Neil ...
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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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The never-told story of life on the roof of the Earth! See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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21 July 1956 (USA)  »

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The Test Aircraft used to test the fuel is a Folland Aircraft Co. Midge the prototype for their 2 seater Gnat. See more »

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During the ship's ascent, the string pulling the model can clearly be seen in some shots, and the model bobbles up and down several times. Later, the strings holding up the model of the bomb are also plainly visible in some shots. 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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SATELLITE IN THE SKY (Paul Dickson, 1956) **1/2
10 January 2009 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Included on the same disc as WORLD WITHOUT END (1956), this contemporaneous sci-effort from Britain takes a much more serious approach (down to the stiff-upper-lipped characters and stirring score) – with its documentary-like depiction of flights outside the Earth's atmosphere, the ultimate reason for which is the testing of a new type of bomb that's so powerful it can only be blown in outer space! While not uninteresting in itself, the treatment is so hackneyed as to render the whole dull instead of gripping, managing only a modicum of suspense during the last half-hour or so when the bomb, already timed to explode, remains attached to the back of the shuttle when dislodged! Casting is second-rate but adequate: Kieron Moore (as the stoic test pilot), Lois Maxwell (an intrepid reporter who, having lost her father and brother to science, feels a natural aversion to progress…but still can't help stowing away on the space vessel for the sake of a scoop!), Donald Wolfit (in the obligatory pompous physicist role, who then breaks into hysterics when the going gets tough!) as well as Bryan Forbes and Jimmy Hanley, playing other members of the flight each given a dreary romantic subplot fraught with complications.


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