First Spaceship on Venus (1960)
"Der schweigende Stern" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Sci-Fi  |  31 October 1962 (USA)
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When an alien artifact discovered on Earth is found to have come from Venus, an international team of astronauts embarks to investigate its origins.



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Complete credited cast:
Yôko Tani ...
Die japanische Ärztin / Sumiko Ogimura MD
Oldrich Lukes ...
Amerikanischer Atomphysiker / Prof. Harringway Hawling
Ignacy Machowski ...
Polnischer Chefingenieur / Prof. Saltyk / Prof. Durand
Julius Ongewe ...
Afrikanischer Fernsehtechniker / Talua
Michail N. Postnikow ...
Sowjetischer Astronaut / Prof. Arsenew / Prof. Orloff
Kurt Rackelmann ...
Indischer Mathematiker / Prof. Sikarna
Günther Simon ...
Deutscher Pilot / Robert / Raimund Brinkmann
Hua-Ta Tang ...
Chinesischer Linguist / Dr. Tchen Yu / Lao Tsu
Lucyna Winnicka ...
Fernsehreporterin / Joan Moran (as Lucina Winnicka)


(U.S. Version) A mysterious magnetic spool found during a construction project is discovered to have originated from Venus. A rocket expedition to Venus is launched to discover the origin of the spool and the race that created it. Written by Leo L. Schwab <>

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31 October 1962 (USA)  »

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First Spaceship on Venus  »

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During principal photography, the first English Film Festival was being held in Berlin. Various British film dignitaries were brought to DEFA to meet the director, Prof. Kurt Maetzig, and watch as some scenes were being shot. See more »


The US release has English dialogue translated from the German. Some of the translation isn't quite right. They keep referring to the power lines as being "high tension" from the German "Spannung" but for electrical lines this would usually be better translated as "High Voltage".

(Technical note: In 1960, the term "High Tension" was commonly used as opposed to "High Voltage". "Voltage" in French is "Tension". When designing High-Voltage transmission lines, the utility companies didn't want to alarm people, so they decided to use the term "Tension" instead of Voltage (which is also somewhat appropriate, since high-tension lines also have high tension!))

Also they translate the German word "Automaten" as "automats" which may be better translated as "machines" or "equipment". See more »

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Very Forward looking film for 1958...
25 December 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An AMAZING film given the year it came out-from a story by Stanislaw Lem, THE ASTRONAUTS... the story seems a little slow and stilted at first, but the ideas and the Special Effects are wonderful, including some of the sets showing the devastated surface of Venus as seen thru their 'chariot'. Maltin claims that a whole lot of this film was cut to be shown in the USA...would love to see a restored version...

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