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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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Cmdr. Charles Ernest Prescott
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Bill Edwards ...
Lt. Dan Milton Prescott
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Capt. Ben Richards
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Carl Jaffe ...
Dr. Paul von Essen
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Mexican Consul - Ramon de Guerrera
John McLaren ...
State Dept. Official, Harold Atkins
Spencer Teakle ...
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Richard Shaw ...
Witney
Bill Nick ...
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Helen Forrest ...
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Roland Brand ...
Truck Driver (as Rowland 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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£100,000 (estimated)
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The pilot in the stock footage sequences is Chuck Yeager. See more »

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In addition to the already-mentioned goof regarding one sign using the British spelling of "Authorised" instead of the American spelling (with a z instead of an s) that would be seen in New Mexico, Commander Prescott twice enters yet another building (the University of Albuquerque Aviation Medicine Dept.) with a sign reading "Scientific Station Authorised Personnel Only". See more »

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Doctor Paul von Essen: The conquest of new worlds always makes demands of human life. And there will always be men who will accept the risk.
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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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