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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 »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Wood
Dr. Joe Freed (as Philip Pine)
Larry Kerr ...
General Barr
Ella Freed
Fred Engelberg ...
TV Singer (as Fred Engleberg)
Mama - Ella's Mother
Secretary of State
Black Man at Piano
Shirley J. Shawn ...
Black Woman by Piano (as Shirley Shawn)
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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The Thing That Came from Outer Hell...To Burn the World Alive! See more »




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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 »


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 »


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 »


Featured in Sputnik Fever (2007) See more »

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A Drumbeat of Dread
25 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

Undeniably tense and frightening, an extremely low budget film that is a clever combination of fantastic Air Force and Civil Defense stock footage with effective, chilling special effects. This is quite an achievement of creativity overcoming limited resources.

The movie is a sleeper. It is underrated and ignored. But you could bill this with Dr. Strangelove (1964), and Fail-Safe (1964), and screened with the right attitude it would fit in quite nicely as an example of a Primitive Art entry in the Doomsday genre.

This is a heart pounding picture that pulsates with despair and a drumbeat of dread that is missing from most of it's fun and fanciful 1950's Sci-Fi/Horror cousins. This is a dead serious scenario that is creepy and its pseudo-documentary style will have you diving under your desk as the radiated missile makes it's way around the Earth destroying everything in its path.

There is also an enormous amount of some rarely seen stock footage that has got to be of interest for military history buffs. It lends an eerie atmosphere of atomic paranoia that persisted in the early days of the cold war that dissipated somewhat after the Cuban Missile Crisis.

On a lighter note. There is ONE scene that cannot be forgiven and is a minor flaw in this otherwise attention to detail scare-fest. It cannot be imagined that a Woman would go into labor and give childbirth without her or someone else removing her earrings.

Maybe this was left in to give this otherwise incredibly intense movie some levity in a wink, wink, nod, nod kind of way that says this is just fiction. Let's give these filmmakers the benefit of the doubt. They deserve it for this fine effort.

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