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First Man Into Space (1959)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 27 February 1959 (USA)
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The first pilot to leave Earth's atmosphere lands, then vanishes; but something with a craving for blood prowls the countryside...



(screenplay) (as John C. Cooper), (screenplay) (as Lance Z. Hargreaves) | 1 more credit »



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Capt. Ben Richards
Police Chief Wilson
Carl Jaffe ...
Dr. Paul von Essen
Roger Delgado ...
Mexican Consul - Ramon de Guerrera
John McLaren ...
State Dept. Official, Harold Atkins
Spencer Teakle ...
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Helen Forrest ...
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Roland Brand ...
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Navy test pilot Lieut. Dan Prescott, in experimental rocket plane Y-13, disobeys orders and becomes the first man to fly outside the ionosphere. Unable to turn, he ejects...and is plastered with metallic meteor dust. The pilot compartment lands with no trace of the pilot... but first cattle, then people, are found with their throats cut as if with an axe, by something that seems to have a craving for blood... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

27 February 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De eerste ruimtevaarder  »

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£100,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The astronaut/monster suit was so stifling and dangerously thermal, it could only be worn for a few minutes at a time. See more »


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Almost Bearable Baloney
16 November 2001 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Cocky astronaut goes into space and disobeys direct orders from his brother, turns into a one-eyed standing pile of glop, and tears the necks of cows and humans for their blood. Premise of film is totally ridiculous, but everyone involved seems so earnest. That doesn't necessarily(and particularly in this case) mean they are good. The film is very cheaply made with some of the most improbable space flight footage ever shot. Marshall Thompson(from It! The Terror Beyond Space) plays the monster's overbearing, hard-working, tougher than nails brother who frequently throws out one cliche after another. Listening to him call his superior 'Skipper' had me laughing from the get go(okay, thought I would use some well-worn cliches). Thompson is the best the film has to offer in terms of acting. He is stoically adequate at best. Marla Landi is the monster's Italian love interest and looks at least effective in some Capri slacks. The scientific mumbo jumbo churned out is spectacularly immense, with scientific sounding names and theories bombarding the viewer repeatedly. Certainly not a good film(nor anywhere near it), the film does have a unique charm(albeit not over-powering)and does manage to keep the viewer awake throughout the 78 minutes of running time. And some of the scientific premises put forth have some interesting possibilities as well. Do watch out, though, for the pervasive corny dialogue. It gets pretty thick folks!

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