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Release Date:
21 July 1956 (USA) See more »
Astonishing Life on the Roof of the Earth! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Kieron Moore ... Michael

Lois Maxwell ... Kim

Donald Wolfit ... 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
Charles Richardson ... Gen. Barnett
Carl Jaffe ... Bechstein
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Baker ... Official (uncredited)
Arnold Bell ... Radio Commentator (uncredited)

Bernard Bresslaw ... Technician (uncredited)
Jane Dore ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Pat Halpin ... Reporter (uncredited)
Alastair Hunter ... Technician (uncredited)
Bill Nagy ... Reporter (uncredited)
Tony Quinn ... Jack - Barman (uncredited)
Trevor Reid ... Simmons - Technician (uncredited)
Leonard Sharp ... Thomas - Watchman (uncredited)
Frank Sieman ... Gatekeeper (uncredited)
John Wilder ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Dickson 
Writing credits
John Mather (screenplay) &
J.T. McIntosh (screenplay) and
Edith Dell (screenplay)

Produced by
Nicholas Duke Biddle .... associate producer
Edward J. Danziger .... producer
Harry Lee Danziger .... producer
Original Music by
Albert Elms 
Cinematography by
Georges Périnal 
James Wilson  (as Jimmy Wilson)
Film Editing by
Sidney Stone 
Art Direction by
Erik Blakemore 
Set Decoration by
Freda Pearson (uncredited)
Art Department
Julius Kay .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
George Stephenson .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Wally Veevers .... director of special effects
Crew verified as complete

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USA:85 min
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints) | Mono (optical prints)

Did You Know?

The Test Aircraft used to test the fuel is a Folland Aircraft Co. Midge the prototype for their 2 seater Gnat.See more »
Revealing mistakes: During the launch sequence, the exhaust smoke casts a shadow on the blue sky.See more »
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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Not awful, but kind of flat, 31 March 2014
Author: Wizard-8 from Victoria, BC

No doubt due to the fact that a big American distributor (Warner Brothers) helped to bankroll its production, the British film "Satellite In The Sky" does look better than many other British productions of the time. It's filmed in color, and there is money for things ranging from extras to elaborate set design. Some (not all, but some) of the special effects are also not bad for this time period. Still, there are some big problems, problems that are more evident to a modern audience than audiences in 1956. The script suffers from the problem of many other British movies, that being that it's very talky and reluctant to get to the action. It takes more than half of the movie before the rocket takes off into space. Another problem is that there is a remarkable lack of tension once the space mission gets into trouble. It's too casual of a feeling. While the movie is never aggressively bad, it feels kind of flat. Still, those who are fans of '50 sci-fi and who also are interested in seeing a British perspective of more realistic space travel story might find the movie has enough interest to make it worth tracking down.

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