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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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Capt. Ben Richards
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Carl Jaffe ...
Dr. Paul von Essen
Roger Delgado ...
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State Dept. Official, Harold Atkins
Spencer Teakle ...
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John Fabian ...
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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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First motion picture to lift the veil, forsee the future in a spectacular drama of the first man in history to be rocketed into the terrifying unknown of outer space! See more »

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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27 February 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De eerste ruimtevaarder  »

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£100,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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John Croydon wrote The Haunted Strangler (1958) and this film back-to-back. See more »

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Though set in New Mexico, the film (except for some stock and establishment shots) was shot entirely in England, which is why scenes purportedly taking place in an arid state in the American southwest desert feature heavily forested areas with trees, hedges and shrubbery unknown in New Mexico, cold ground fog, and English-style houses and country roads. 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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Scary as hell
24 April 2013 | by (Appalachia) – See all my reviews

I also saw this movie in 1959 as an 8-year-old. I went to the theater with my "older" friends, they were like 11-12. The movie scared the wits out of me; I hid my view behind the person sitting in front of me, my friends never let up on making fun of me. This was the first time I had gone to the movies with non-adults...big mistake! The monster was scary and creepy. It haunted me for years. In fact, I probably had some persistent subliminal turmoil over the movie. Fast forward to 2008 and I found the DVD to rent. I watched again, and guess what? The movie is still scary! It's pretty high-camp and was made on a limited budget, but the creepiness is still there. I suppose the fact that the back line story is believable makes it even more scary. Watching it with my wife probably exorcised some demons. Funny how movies can move us, positively or negatively. All my 60 years I can still rehash this event when I was eight. Still the scariest movie I ever saw. I dig it.


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