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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 overview, first billed only:
Dr. David Loring
Ellen Parker ...
Joan Wood
Phillip Pine ...
Dr. Joe Freed (as Philip Pine)
Larry Kerr ...
General Barr
Ella Freed
Fred Engelberg ...
TV Singer (as Fred Engleberg)
Kitty Kelly ...
Mama - Ella's Mother
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 ...
John McNamara ...
Civil Aeronautics Board Officer
Mike Steele


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 »


When the panicked population in the subway jump onto the tracks to follow the last train, several of them touch the electrified third rail, including one man who runs along it, looks down and jumps off. None of them are electrocuted, save for a woman who falls down and grabs the rail with both hands. She would have been electrocuted before she could get her second hand onto the rail. See more »


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 »


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There's this missile you see...and it's lost...umm...
8 March 1999 | by (St. Clair, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

The Lost Missile is an interesting little film. It is fast-paced, as all the action occurs in a simaculum of real time (at least as real as an hour and a half could feel back in the fifties). It tries for a documentary-feel...but since there is a story going on with characters, it doesn't quite make it.

For all this rapid development, the movie is somewhat dull when viewed nowadays, falling prey to "stock footage syndrome". There is innumerable shots of bombers and fighters taking off...I think more time is devoted to that than dialogue.

The plot is simple...an unknown missle enters the Earth's atmosphere and glides into an orbit 5 miles above the planet, which would normally be fine, but the missile has a field of million degree heat emanating from it, carving a five-mile wide swath of destruction on the ground below whereever it goes. It destroys part of Canada (including Ottawa) and nearly gets New York City except for the heroic sacrifice of Robert Loggia.

With the rapid developments, no effort is made to determine the source of the missile (and probably this would not be able to be done anyway), and this movie seems to be a showcase for the effectiveness of the US early warning system for missle attacks if nothing else (though any defense effort is pretty much pointless against this menace).

Loggia is stoic in his role, displaying feats of emotion that defy his character depth. Still, it's interesting to see him act as a young man, having seen him so often in more mature roles.

The special effects are actually pretty good. The missile, though interestingly designed, does appear like something off an episode of Space Patrol. The blending of the missile's fiery effects with the stock footage and city footage is accomplished fairly believably.

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