First Man Into Space (1959)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  27 February 1959 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.5/10 from 834 users  
Reviews: 22 user | 22 critic

The first pilot to leave Earth's atmosphere lands, then vanishes; but something with a craving for blood prowls the countryside...



(screenplay) (as John C. Cooper) , (screenplay) (as Lance Z. Hargreaves) , 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video




Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Ships mysteriously disappear on route across the Arctic Sea, and a specially-equipped submarine is sent to investigate.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Stars: Arthur Franz, Dick Foran, Brett Halsey
Crime | Mystery | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A researcher investigating a notorious serial killer who was hanged 20 years earlier seemingly becomes possessed by the long dead strangler.

Director: Robert Day
Stars: Boris Karloff, Anthony Dawson, Jean Kent
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Dr. Thomas Bolton fights for the use of anesthetic in surgery and uses himself as a guinea pig but soon finds himself addicted.

Director: Robert Day
Stars: Boris Karloff, Betta St. John, Christopher Lee
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Invisible atomic monsters attack a U.S. Armed Forces base and the local residents.

Director: Arthur Crabtree
Stars: Marshall Thompson, Terry Kilburn, Kynaston Reeves
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war.

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason
Sci-Fi | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Professor Quatermass, trying to gather support for his Lunar colonisation project, is intrigued by mysterious traces that have been showing up.

Director: Val Guest
Stars: Brian Donlevy, John Longden, Sidney James
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the countryside of London, a rocket crashes on a farm and Professor Bernard Quatermass and Scotland Yard Inspector Lomax arrive in the spot. The rocket was launched by Prof. Quatermass ... See full summary »

Director: Val Guest
Stars: Brian Donlevy, Jack Warner, Margia Dean
Target Earth (1954)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Giant robots from Venus invade Chicago. Stranded in the deserted city are Frank and Nora (who has recently attempted suicide).

Director: Sherman A. Rose
Stars: Richard Denning, Kathleen Crowley, Virginia Grey
The Uninvited (1944)
Certificate: Passed Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past.

Director: Lewis Allen
Stars: Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The first manned expedition to Mars is decimated by an unknown life form...which stows away on the rescue ship.

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: Marshall Thompson, Shirley Patterson, Kim Spalding
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Life story of a charming scoundrel, with little dialogue other than the star/director's witty narration. As a boy, only he survives a family tragedy when he's deprived of supper (poisonous ... See full summary »

Director: Sacha Guitry
Stars: Sacha Guitry, Marguerite Moreno, Jacqueline Delubac
Horror | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Baron Frankenstein is once again working with illegal medical experiments. Together with a young doctor, Karl and his fiancée Anna, they kidnap the mentally sick Dr. Brandt, to perform the ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones


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 ...
Ratings Control Room
Chuck Keyser ...
Ratings Control Room
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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Far and away the most startling and unexpected adventure film ever made! See more »


Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

27 February 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De eerste ruimtevaarder  »

Box Office


£100,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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


At the end of a highway chase, a police officer shoots the monster 7 times with a revolver without reloading. 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.
See more »


Remade as The Incredible Melting Man (1977) See more »


Blue Fever
Music by Ronald Binge and Leslie Vinall
Josef Weinberger Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

FIRST MAN INTO SPACE (Robert Day, 1959) **
27 April 2007 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Lame rip-off of THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT (1955): the first half is deadly dull, even dreary - but the latter stages improve considerably with the scenes involving the rampaging 'monster'. In the accompanying featurette (a rather dry affair at a mere 9 minutes, when compared to the ones created for the other titles in Criterion's "Monsters & Madmen" set), director Day - who admits to not being a fan of the sci-fi genre - tries to justify the film's shortcomings by saying that he had a zero-budget to work with (where all the outer space scenes were composed of stock footage!)...and I'd have been inclined to be more lenient with the film had I not recently watched CALTIKI, THE IMMORTAL MONSTER (1959) - a similar (and similarly threadbare) but far more stylish venture from Italy!

Bill Edwards as the cocky but unlucky astronaut - obsessed with achieving the titular feat - is positively boring at first, but he eventually manages to garner audience sympathy when his physical features are deformed and the character develops a taste for blood! Marshall Thompson as his commanding officer and elder brother is O.K. as a leaner Glenn Ford type; he had previously starred in FIEND WITHOUT A FACE (1958), another (and more successful) Richard Gordon-produced sci-fi which, incidentally, is also available on DVD through Criterion. Italian starlet Marla Landi, struggling with the English language, makes for an inadequate female lead; even her input in the featurette proves to be of little lasting value!

The Audio Commentary is yet another enjoyable Tom Weaver/Richard Gordon track where, among many things, the fact that FIRST MAN INTO SPACE was intended as a double-feature with CORRIDORS OF BLOOD (1958) is brought up - but it was eventually put out as a standalone release, so as to exploit the topical news value of the current space race; it's also mentioned that the monster dialogue was actually dubbed by Bonar Colleano (who, tragically, died in a traffic accident prior to the film's release!). Weaver even recalls a couple of anecdotes from the time when he was involved in the production of the DVD featurette shot by, of all people, ex-cult-ish film-maker Norman J. Warren: Landi, who by then had become a lady of title, was still ready to help out in carrying the equipment necessary to film the interview down several flights of stairs!; Edwards was supposed to have contributed to the featurette but, once in London, he proved reluctant to co-operate with Weaver - eventually, the latter learned that the actor had been recently diagnosed with cancer and, in fact, he died in 2002!

5 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
criterion yrnotamanda
Favorites Texian04
Comparisons between this and The Quatermass Xperiment schmidt_haus
Discuss First Man Into Space (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: