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
Bill Edwards ...
Lt. Dan Milton Prescott
Robert Ayres ...
Capt. Ben Richards
Bill Nagy ...
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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Chuck Keyser ...
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John Fabian ...
Ratings Control Room
Richard Shaw ...
Bill Nick ...
Clancy (as William R. Nick)
Helen Forrest ...
Secretary (as Helen Forest)
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 <>

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Release Date:

27 February 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De eerste ruimtevaarder  »

Box Office


£100,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Bill Edwards' voice is dubbed. See more »


When Dr. von Essen is directing the monster Lt. Prescott over the PA system at headquarters, he tells him to "turn right" - whereupon the monster-Prescott immediately turns left. See more »


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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Referenced in Making Space (2007) See more »


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A late night favourite
5 April 2000 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

First Man Into Space has its low budget limitations, but it's story is a corker. It's one of the few 50s science fiction stories that question non-atomic technology: how far sure man go? What are the consequences of his thirst for knowledge and experience? This time there are no invading aliens, no throbbing radioactive brains from another planet, and no marauding killer tree stumps. We are simply confronted with a man who crosses a line and tries to come back. It helps that he looks like The Incredible Melting Man, but this is a movie that does more than simply shock the audience.

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