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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...



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cmdr. Charles Ernest Prescott
Marla Landi ...
Tia Francesca
Lt. Dan Milton Prescott
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 ...
Truck Driver (as Rowland Brand)


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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Low budget sci-fi, but still interesting.
23 September 2000 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Rivalry between brothers leads to main story line. Navy Commander Chuck Prescott(Marshall Thompson)has developed the Y12 aircraft to test how far man can go up in the atmosphere. His brother, Lt. Dan Prescott(Bill Edwards), seems to be the best test pilot around and is chosen to go up in the Y12. Dan of course has a problem with taking orders and is also an over confident dare devil.

On Dan's second flight, he hits over the 300 miles up comfort zone and his craft passes through a meteor dust storm. Returning to earth, Dan becomes a monster that resembles 200 pounds of bad asphalt. He also has a demanding craving for blood, whether it be from farm animals or fellow human beings.

Short runtime of an hour and seventeen minutes; black & white with near stoic acting...typical of low budget sci-fi.

Rounding out the cast is Marla Landi, Robert Ayers and Carl Jaffe. Noteworthy trivia: about two months after this film was released; the Russians put the real first man in space.

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