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The Lost Missile (1958)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | December 1958 (USA)
A strange missile from outer space circles the Earth at low altitudes, destroying everything in its path.


(as Lester Wm. Berke)


(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Joan Wood
Dr. Joe Freed (as Philip Pine)
Larry Kerr ...
General Barr
Ella Freed
Fred Engelberg ...
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Mama - Ella's Mother
Secretary of State
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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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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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Did You Know?


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 »


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Haven't Seen It Since It's Release.
10 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

I found it a very interesting film and at the time a bit frightening. Not a dull movie at all, but I would love to see it again to see if I feel the same. I have great appreciation for science fiction and horror films of the 1950s. They show great imagination even without the hype of technological advancement. They are creative because they had to be innovative with what existed at the time. This was a cold-war era film about a missile that got locked into a deadly low earth orbit by the Germans trying to shoot it down at it initial close approach. With the speed the missile was circling the earth at, the shockwave and the frictional activity created air temperatures in excess of one million degrees.

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