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First Man Into Space (1959)

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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
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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John Fabian ...
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Richard Shaw ...
Witney
Bill Nick ...
Clancy (as William R. Nick)
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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27 February 1959 (USA)  »

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De eerste ruimtevaarder  »

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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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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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Ha ha ...ha!
29 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Released ten years before man actually landed on the Moon and during the height of the race to the stars between Russia and the United States, First Man into Space is oddly deficient in actual science. No, it's not very good, but it's okay for a few unintentional laughs.

Simple plot runs like this: cocky ace test pilot Dan Prescott (Bill Edwards) is on a mission to fly an experimental plane/rocket (it's kind of both) up, up, and away, higher than anyone's gone before, and then come back down, nice and easy. But our Dan, he's a daredevil! So he goes higher and higher, trying to become the first man to go into space. Not the first IN space, just into it. I know, it's sketchy. Anyway, he does come back down, sasses his superior – his brother Charlie (Marshall Thompson) – and is immediately assigned to pilot the next plane, to go even higher.

Which he does, only instead of making his turn and heading back Earthward, Daring Dan goes higher and higher, and this time his craft, bombarded by meteorites (I know, I know) and the ever-popular cosmic rays, is smashed open. Dan and the ship crashland. And then the killings start, and no one can find ol' Dan's body.

As the picture hints, there may be some kind of ugly monster involved. I don't want to give away the twisty plot, but – oh, who am I kidding, there is no twisty plot. Dan's survived his crash, only he's now covered in some sort of protective layer of cosmic whatever. Seems that when his ship broke apart, this stuff coalesced on Dan's mortal human body in order to protect him from those nasty cosmic rays. (Doesn't explain how he could breathe when there was no air to be breathed, but perhaps they were SUPER COSMIC RAYS, now with added Oxygen!)

Anyway, it's a funny movie.


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