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18 May 1958 (USA) See more »
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An "unknown force" declares war against planet Earth when the United Nations disobeys warnings to cease and desist in its attempts at assembling the first satellite in the atmosphere. | Full synopsis »
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Kickstart This! That Guy Dick Miller.
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Dick Miller ... Dave Boyer
Susan Cabot ... Sybil Carrington
Richard Devon ... Dr. Pol Van Ponder
Eric Sinclair ... Dr. Howard Lazar
Michael Fox ... Jason ibn Akad

Robert Shayne ... Cole Hotchkiss
Jered Barclay ... John Compo (as Jerry Barclay)
John Brinkley ... Crew Member
Tony Miller
Bruno VeSota ... Mr. LeMoine
Jay Sayer ... Jay

Mitzi McCall ... Mitzi
Roy Gordon ... The President
Beach Dickerson ... Crewman with Gun
Jim Knight (as James Knight)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Roger Corman ... Ground Control (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Corman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Irving Block  story
Lawrence L. Goldman  (as Lawrence Louis Goldman)
Jack Rabin  story

Produced by
Irving Block .... co-producer
Roger Corman .... producer
Jack Rabin .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Walter Greene 
 
Cinematography by
Floyd Crosby 
 
Film Editing by
Irene Morra 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Haller 
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
 
Makeup Department
Stanley Orr .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Lionel C. Place .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Bohrer .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Karl Brainard .... property master
 
Sound Department
Philip Mitchell .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Irving Block .... special effects
Louis DeWitt .... special effects
Jack Rabin .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Hannawalt .... key grip (as Chuck Hanawalt)
 
Music Department
Walter Greene .... conductor
 

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66 min
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Trivia:
The control panel with many toggle switches used by the ground controller and the spacecraft flight crew is the automatic pilot from a WWII B-17 bomber.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Most of the action seems to take place in New York, the home of the United Nations (and also based in views of the car license plates). But whenever a newspaper is flashed on the screen, it is always based in either Los Angeles or San Francisco. Further, all satellite launches in the 1950s were from Cape Canaveral in Florida.See more »
Quotes:
Dave Boyer:[on the floor of the UN] The delegate has spoken of naked survival. Gentlemen, you do not survive by abject surrender. Nations and worlds must fight for survival. If we give in now, let down our defenses, give this alien planet full control over our actions & our lives for mere survival...See more »
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Extortion from space!, 29 January 2016
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This Roger Corman film begins with an ominous message from space...stop the space program and send no satellites into orbit or else! What exactly is 'or else'? No one knows. However, these folks mean business and soon they murder Dr. Van Ponder and replace him with identical lookalikes. Then, after a space flight is sent up with Dr. Van Ponder and several others, he begins trying to kill them off one by one!

The film has a very unusual performance by Dick Miller in the lead because for once Miller acts like a leading man--and usually Corman used him more as a supporting actor or oddball. He and the rest of the cast do a decent job but the film loses points because even for a 50s sci-fi film, the outer space effects are terrible. I also thought it awfully funny how BIG the ship was. Not a bad horror- sci-fi film but one that looks cheap and could have been better.

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