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The Lost Missile (1958)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  December 1958 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. David Loring
Ellen Parker ...
Joan Wood
Phillip Pine ...
Dr. Joe Freed (as Philip Pine)
Larry Kerr ...
General Barr
Marilee Earle ...
Ella Freed
Fred Engelberg ...
TV Singer (as Fred Engleberg)
Kitty Kelly ...
Mama - Ella's Mother
Selmer Jackson ...
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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You won't believe your eyes - but you'll never forget what they see! See more »







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December 1958 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Stock footage shows jets firing rockets at the Lost Missile as it passes in front of them. Since the speed of the missile is 4000 miles per hour, it would have shot by the jets and rockets within a second or two of the rockets' launches. In order to hit a missile going that fast, the jets would have had to fire before the target was in visual range. See more »

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