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Director:
Writers:
Charles Beaumont (screenplay)
Ben Hecht (story)
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Release Date:
7 September 1958 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Mankind's first fantastic flight to Venus - the female planet! See more »
Plot:
American astronauts are drawn by a mysterious force to the planet Venus, which they find to be inhabited only by beautiful women and their despotic queen. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Fans Have Debated for Years Whether This Film Was Intended As A Parody or Not. See more (56 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Talleah

Eric Fleming ... Capt. Neal Patterson
Dave Willock ... Lt. Mike Cruze
Laurie Mitchell ... Queen Yllana
Lisa Davis ... Motiya
Paul Birch ... Prof. Konrad
Patrick Waltz ... Lt. Larry Turner
Barbara Darrow ... Kaeel
Marilyn Buferd ... Odeena
Mary Ford ... Venusian Girl
Marya Stevens ... Venusian Girl
Laura Mason ... Venusian Girl
Lynn Cartwright ... Venusian Girl
Kathy Marlowe ... Venusian Girl
Coleen Drake ... Venusian Girl
Tania Velia ... Venusian Girl
Norma Young ... Venusian Girl
Marjorie Durant ... Venusian Girl
Gerry Gaylor ... Base Commander
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bleifer ... Torture Victim (uncredited)
Brandy Bryan ... Venusian Guard (uncredited)
Ralph Gamble ... Officer in Anteroom (uncredited)

Joi Lansing ... Larry's Girl (uncredited)
Ruth Lewis ... Disintegrator Amazon (uncredited)
June McCall ... Tyrus 4 Amazon Leader (uncredited)
Guy Prescott ... Col. Ramsey (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Bernds 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Beaumont  screenplay
Edward Bernds  uncredited
Ben Hecht  story "Queen of the Universe"

Produced by
Ben Schwalb .... producer
 
Original Music by
Marlin Skiles 
 
Cinematography by
William P. Whitley  (as William Whitley)
 
Film Editing by
William Austin 
 
Casting by
Mickey Lewis (uncredited)
Joe Rivkin (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Dave Milton  (as David Milton)
 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish 
 
Makeup Department
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist
Alice Monte .... hair stylist
Bunny Armstrong .... body makeup artist (uncredited)
Olga Collings .... hair stylist (uncredited)
John G. Holden .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Edward Morey Jr. .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Beaudine Jr. .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Sam Gordon .... property master
James West .... construction coordinator
Ted Mossman .... props (uncredited)
Art Williams .... laborer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Joe Lapis .... sound engineer (as Joseph Lapis)
Charles G. Schelling .... sound editor (as Charles Schelling)
Bill Flannery .... boom operator (uncredited)
B.F. Remmington .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Al Yaylian .... cable person (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Milt Rice .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hilton Anderson .... second grip (uncredited)
Mark Armistead .... camera equipment (uncredited)
Walter Bluemel .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Todd Laclede .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry Lewis .... grip (uncredited)
Fred Morgan .... still photographer (uncredited)
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
James Peters .... best boy (uncredited)
George Satterfield .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene Caine .... wardrobe supervisor
Thomas Pierce .... wardrobe designer: Ms. Gabor
Neva Bourne .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Sid Mintz .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Sophia Stutz .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Phil Rand .... color technician (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jerry Irvin .... music editor
Albert Harris .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Richard Chaffee .... set continuity
Herman Rotsten .... dialogue director
Lester A. Sansom .... assistant to producer
Charles Holmberg .... doorman (uncredited)
Betty Rehm .... production secretary (uncredited)
John Ward .... first aid (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
80 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
USA:Unrated | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The project was originally announced as "Queen of the Universe" by Allied Artists in 1951 and was to have been produced by Walter Wanger.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After the Queen describes her machine to annihilate Earth, she mentions that it would only take a push "on one red button." However, a few minutes later she stands before a panel with two very BLACK buttons, one of which she pushes to start the machine going.See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Larry Turner:Hiya, dolls. Glad to hear you're on our side.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Ladykracher: Episode #5.11" (2010)See more »

FAQ

How is justice administered in Venusian society?
What's that classical piece playing during the dancing girls scene? It sounds familiar ...
Who's the blonde bombshell in the opening scene? She's not listed in the credits ...
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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Fans Have Debated for Years Whether This Film Was Intended As A Parody or Not., 2 February 1999
Author: H. David Schleicher from Burlington, NJ

"Queen of Outer Space" has been unkindly described as a deliberate parody of sci-fi cliches, but the director wasn't in on the joke.

Fans have been debating for years just what the intentions of Ben Hecht and Charles Beaumont were in penning this much-reviled space adventure. Surely both writers were capable of much better work. Surely Zsa Zsa Gabor as a Venusian space maiden was a piece of casting nobody expected to be taken seriously. Surely director Edward Bernds must have known the score. This is the man who directed the Three Stooges. He knows a joke when he sees it! Yet, in interviews, Bernds insists that the film was intended to be taken straight.

Even a casual examination of the finished product makes this hard to believe. The first half of the film seems to be skewering the stereotypical male/female relationships found in pulp sci-fi cinema of the day. But after the captain rebuffs the evil queen's advances and the plot turns to action, the film starts taking itself seriously and its sense of goofy fun dissipates quickly.

But, in fairness to Bernds: if he wasn't in on the joke, neither were any of his cast, who perform with earnest sincerity throughout.

Although the film was made by Allied Artists (Monogram after their name change), some expense seems to have been spent on it: it's in color & Cinemascope and the sets, although gaudily and colorfully fake, are extensive. Perhaps most tellingly, AA released it as a single feature, clearly a sign of confidence (or misplaced optimism) in those days where double-features were standard for B-films.

In hindsight, the question of deliberate parody may never be answered. Because of the film's reputation, those involved in the production were undoubtedly anxious to rewrite history to salvage their professional reputations.

Favorite scene: Zsa Zsa's attempt to impersonate the queen by donning her mask and issuing orders in her imperious and distinctive Hungarian accent, then being shocked when the ruse fails.

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