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First Man Into Space -- In this interstellar cautionary tale, brash U.S. Navy test pilot Dan Prescott, hungry for fame, rockets himself beyond Earth's atmosphere, only to become encrusted with cosmic dust and return a blood-drinking monster.
First Man Into Space -- 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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Release Date:
27 February 1959 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marshall Thompson ... 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 ... Witney
Bill Nick ... Clancy (also as William R. Nick)
Helen Forrest ... Secretary (also as Helen Forest)
Roland Brand ... Truck Driver (as Rowland Brand)
Barry Shawzin ... Mexican Farmer - Sanchez
Mark Sheldon ... Doctor

Michael Bell ... State Trooper
Sheree Winton ... Nurse - at Blood Bank
Franklyn Fox ... Chief Petty Officer - Larson
Larry Taylor ... Shore Patrolman - Taylor (as Laurence Taylor)

Directed by
Robert Day 
Writing credits
John Croydon (screenplay) (as John C. Cooper) and
Charles F. Vetter (screenplay) (as Lance Z. Hargreaves)

Wyott Ordung (story)

Produced by
John Croydon .... producer
Charles F. Vetter .... producer (as Charles Vetter Jr.)
Richard Gordon .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Buxton Orr 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Faithfull (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Mayhew 
Art Direction by
Denys Pavitt (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Anna Selby-Walker (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Eileen Warwick .... hair stylist
Michael Morris .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
George Mills .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Goulder .... assistant director
Claude Watson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Harry Arbour .... carpenter (uncredited)
Peter McGoldrick .... construction manager (uncredited)
Sound Department
Terence Cotter .... sound recordist
Claude Hitchcock .... boom operator
Peter Musgrave .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Drake .... camera operator
Peter MacDonald .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Les Paul .... focus puller (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Guerin .... wardrobe
Anna Selby-Walker .... dresses supervisor: Miss Landi
Editorial Department
George Saxby .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
John George .... location manager
Music Department
Buxton Orr .... conductor
Other crew
Kay Rawlings .... continuity
Arthur Tarry .... production accountant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
77 min | West Germany:78 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording)
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1959) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:X (original rating) | USA:Approved (Certificate #18232) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Bill Edwards' voice is dubbed.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Good ideas in a low-budget film., 2 March 2002
Author: Bruce Cook ( from Fayetteville, GA

A first rate little sci-fi story, told on a modest budget. Air Force office Marshall Thompson (star of 'It! The Terror from Beyond Space', and 'Fiend Without a Face') is the Earth-bound brother of an undisciplined test pilot who yearns to be be the 'first man into space'.

While testing a new rocket plane, the pilot kicks in all his reserve power and takes his ship right out of the atmosphere. Please note that this not a far-fetched idea in view of the fact that the X-15 had special attitude rockets along the fuselage to allow it to maneuver in the near vacuum of the upper atmosphere!

In space the pilot encounters a strange cloud of meteoric particles that smashes through his canopy and envelopes both his ship and his spacesuit-clad body in a flexible, asbestos-like coating. The material alters his physiology, changing him into creature that can survive in the low pressure of the upper atmosphere but NOT in the killing pressure at sea level.

He returns to Earth as a hideous monster (good makeup), gasping as his lungs struggled with the pressure that he's now unsuited for. In his dazed and desperate mental condition, the monster commits acts of violence, using the razor-sharp edges of his rough coating to slash his victims flesh.

While trying to track down the monster, Thomas and a scientist discuss the possibility of using the strange substance on the wreckage of the rocket plane as a heat shield for future space craft. Nice thinking, there.

All in all, a film with more to think about than to laugh at, unlike so many other low budget 1950s films.

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