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First Spaceship on Venus (1960)

Der schweigende Stern (original title)
Unrated | | Sci-Fi | 31 October 1962 (USA)
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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Afrikanischer Fernsehtechniker / Talua
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Kurt Rackelmann ...
Indischer Mathematiker / Prof. Sikarna
Günther Simon ...
Hua-Ta Tang ...
Chinesischer Linguist / Dr. Tchen Yu / Lao Tsu
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 <ewhac@best.com>

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You are there... on man's most incredible journey!




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In the 1962 USA release version, on the film soundtrack, in a scene in the control room of the Kosmostrator rocket, we hear a music track titled "In Outer Space" from Destination Moon (1950) by Leith Stevens, and later in the movie, in the scenes of eerie destruction of the Venusian city, we hear a music track titled "Metaluna Catastrophe" from This Island Earth (1955) by Herman Stein. Both of these uses of music were uncredited and unlicensed, and unauthorized by the copyright holders. See more »


The narrator mentions that one of the crew has created a special food formula for the crew to be able to consume and digest in zero gravity, yet everyone is walking around as if on planet Earth. See more »

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Better than "B" Science Fiction
31 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

If I were going to list my favorite 10 science fiction films, this would be one of them. It is too bad that the original German language version is not available (as far as I know), but even though the American release version has some missing footage, the remaining film still is first-rate.

The film features an international cast led by Japanese actress Yoko Tani (good eye candy) and actors/actresses from Germany, Africa, Russia, Czechoslovakia, and France. The special effects from the start of the movie to its end are excellent. The effects as they explore the surface of Venus are particularly eerie and thought-provoking. But, best of all, are the philosophical speculations about the role of space flight in the future of mankind. In addition, the film makes a stern warning against the misuse of science and technology in the pursuit of war and aggression and pleads with all men to apply advances in nuclear and space technology to foster world peace.

10/10 Dan Basinger

P.S. One of the other critics stated that this was the first German science fiction film since "Frau I'm Mond" (1929). This may be the first space film from that country since 1929, but there were other films from Germany that would be considered science fiction. One of these was "Gold" (1934) that dealt with atomic power plants in the transmutation of metals to gold. Some of the footage from "Gold" appeared in the science fiction film "The Magnetic Monster" (1953).

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