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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ...
Reporter
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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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Tumbling in their own orbits around the sun! Five men and a girl - marooned in outer space! See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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21 July 1956 (USA)  »

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La terra esplode  »

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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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One of the "lost classics" of 1950s Sci-Fi
18 December 2004 | by (Fayetteville, GA) – See all my reviews

This well-made British science fiction story concerns the crew of a test rocket on which a lady reporter (Lois Maxwell) stows away. Kieron Moore plays the pilot of the rocket sent into orbit in connection with the test of a new "Tritonium bomb". Donald Wolfit plays the bomb's inventor.

After releasing he bomb, it's internal propulsion system fails and it becomes attached to the hull of the spacecraft. All attempts to dislodge it are unsuccessful, so the bomb's inventor takes drastic action to deal with the situation.

Director Paul Dickson presents an exciting and intelligent story. The special effects are both competent and exciting -- which is no surprise in view of the fact that their creator, Wally Veevars, later worked on "2001".

The special effects include the space scenes, an underground space complex, and a rocket which is launched from a horizontal track, similar to "When Worlds Collide". Well-designed sets and props (especially the ship's interior and the spacesuits) enhance this wonderful British entry.

Currently this exceptional film is not available on either VHS or DVD. Hopefully, Mr. Wade Williams will eventually offer it as part of his wonderful, high-quality collection.


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