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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.

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(as William Lester Berke)

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(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Joan Wood
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Dr. Joe Freed (as Philip Pine)
Larry Kerr ...
General Barr
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Ella Freed
Fred Engelberg ...
TV Singer (as Fred Engleberg)
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Mama - Ella's Mother
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Secretary of State
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Black Man at Piano
Shirley J. Shawn ...
Black Woman by Piano (as Shirley Shawn)
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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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A weird invader ... turning oceans to steam ... melting mountains ... turning men and women white with the awesome, horrible way it KILLS! See more »

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December 1958 (USA)  »

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Das rote Telefon... Alarm!  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Featured in Sputnik Fever (2007) 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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