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Release Date:
21 July 1956 (USA) See more »
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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)

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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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Good production, but mostly dull sci fi from the UK., 8 June 2002

This was the first 1950's British science fiction intended to be a major item. The film is in color and cinemascope, has decent special effects and production values and the film takes its subject matter seriously; space travel and nuclear testing. When this film was released in the United States by Warner Brothers in 1956, it was marketed as a major item with a big ad campaign. However, most reviews at the time were not favorable, and the film did not do as well at the box office as Warner Brothers had anticipated. The film rarely turned up on television and remains largely unknown to all but 1950's science fiction completests.

It is no wonder really. Despite good production values, a good budget, some interesting art direction and a serious attitude taken by the films makers, SATELLITE IN THE SKY is mostly too talky and static to interest most mainstream movie viewers. The film is overall not bad, but it fails to generate little more than mild interest and at best moderate enthusiasm.

Note: When this film first came out, several reviewers remarked favorably about the films color process and use of cinemascope. I missed this film when it used turn up occasionally on late night T.V. back in seventies. I only recently saw this film for the first time on video, and wouldn't you know it, all video copies are in black and white and in incorrect aspect ratio!! I would really would like to see a color and letter boxed video version.

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