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The Lost Missile (1958)

A strange missile from outer space circles the Earth at low altitudes, destroying everything in its path.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. David Loring
Ellen Parker ...
Joan Wood
Phillip Pine ...
Dr. Joe Freed (as Philip Pine)
Larry Kerr ...
General Barr
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Ella Freed
Fred Engelberg ...
TV Singer (as Fred Engleberg)
Kitty Kelly ...
Mama - Ella's Mother
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Secretary of State
Hari Rhodes ...
Black Man at Piano
Shirley J. Shawn ...
Black Woman by Piano (as Shirley Shawn)
J. Anthony Hughes ...
Governor of New York
Robert Busch
Jack Holland ...
Harold
John McNamara ...
Civil Aeronautics Board Officer
Mike Steele
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A strange missile from outer space circles the Earth at low altitudes, destroying everything in its path.

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A weird invader ... turning oceans to steam ... melting mountains ... turning men and women white with the awesome, horrible way it KILLS! See more »

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Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

December 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das rote Telefon... Alarm!  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Original director William Berke died of a sudden heart attack on the first day of shooting. His son, Lester Wm. Berke, took over. See more »

Goofs

Even though authorities order the streets cleared except for emergency vehicles and school buses evacuating children, a man in a sports car almost wrecks the Jove project with an accident. Yet, after the jeep with the plutonium is carjacked, a solo driver in a sports car comes ambling along, down the road leading to the missile base without any explanation for why he's on the road. See more »

Quotes

Dr. David Loring: There must be at least two million children in New York. I wonder how many will get out alive.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits shown over a missile flying through a group of stars. See more »

Connections

Featured in Sputnik Fever (2007) See more »

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Ottawa - I Remember It Well

Very, very cheaply made sci-fi thriller from the Golden Age of the 1950s that surprisingly is much better than you might initially expect. Yes, its is undeniably cheaply made. Yes, many of the actors are sub-par. Yes, the story doesn't always make sense nor is it cohesive. Yes, there is plenty of stock footage for a film that isn't even 75 minutes long. What does it have going for it? Well, the story is entertaining as we follow the exploits of a hydrogen missile or some alien missile as it blazes its way from Alaska through Canada on its way to New York City turning everything it passes over nothing more than a burned cinder. Another reviewer noted that the film is not "scared" to kill people. How true and that is something very unique for a film like this and from the 1950s. It is refreshing(in a twisted way I guess). Robert Loggia does a credible job as the lead - an overworked scientist who is married to his job, fallen in love and out of favour with his fiancée Ellen Parker who is his co-worker as well. we get all the stereotypes one might imagine, but loggia nd even Parker show us enough depth of character to care. the scenes with the people huddling together to escape death are oddly convincing and the mood of the film stays tense throughout. this is not a great science fiction film by no means, but it is better than its budget would initially suggest.


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