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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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Dr. David Loring
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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 ...
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Shirley J. Shawn ...
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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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Das rote Telefon... Alarm!  »

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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 »

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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 »

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A classic from the '50s
18 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I saw it as a kid, I didn't understand the premise of the story, and as an adult, I still have problem with the premise that a runaway missile from space starts to circle around the earth by sheer chance. I guess that's what makes this movie one of a kind. If you go beyond the incredible coincidence that this missile just happened to find earth and randomly started killing its inhabitants, the movie is pretty good sci-fi from the '50s. They try to make things look factual by using stock military footage, and use pseudonym of actual existing institution like Havenbrook (which is an obvious reference to Brookhaven National Laboratory).

The scary part of the movie is the glow you see over the horizon as the missile approaches, and the sound it makes. The movie is somewhat leaning towards horror genre in this respect, and what happens to the main protagonist as he attempts to stop the runaway missile. If you've seen this movie once, you'll never forget it - which makes this movie one of the sci-fi classics from the '50s.

If you can find it (as it's getting easier with so many posting of old movies on the internet), this movie is worth a glance.


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