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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:
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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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Chuck Keyser ...
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John Fabian ...
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Richard Shaw ...
Witney
Bill Nick ...
Clancy (as William R. Nick)
Helen Forrest ...
Secretary (as Helen Forest)
Roland Brand ...
Truck Driver (as Rowland Brand)
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Storyline

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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Far and away the most startling and unexpected adventure film ever made! 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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Budget:

£100,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

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A Tragic Tale of Terror
20 April 2000 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

Perhaps it is not surprising to find that this little movie has a following. When I saw it, as a kid on a dark winter mid-week night in 1959, it scared the heck out of me. The "monster" looked so horrifying and acted so brutally.

While it cannot have the same effect on a viewer today, because special effects have improved by light years, "The First Man into Space" can still make an impression. Now, decades later, it is easy to see why. The "monster" is actually a victim of his own need to prove himself by crossing a dangerous barrier. The fear that a viewer may experience in watching him is mingled with pity.

Nonetheless, it is difficult to forget the nightmares I was given by that single, staring eye.


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