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John Mather (screenplay) &
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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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One of the "lost classics" of 1950s Sci-Fi See more (18 total) »


  (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?

Lois Maxwell, who plays the feisty female reporter, is best known as Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond films. Her macho male lead, Kieron Moore, played the bully in a small Irish town in Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959).See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
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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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
One of the "lost classics" of 1950s Sci-Fi, 18 December 2004
Author: Bruce Cook ( from Fayetteville, GA

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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