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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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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)
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(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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31 October 1962 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The German version contains a reference to one of the professors having his career stalled when he was thrown out of the university by the Nazis. Director and co-writer Kurt Maetzig had his career stalled by the Nazis because his mother was Jewish. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Tchen Yu has his spacesuit punctured near the end he yelled out for Herringway, the leader of the expedition. However, he knew that Harringway was undergoing emergency surgery for injuries he had suffered just a short time before. He had specifically asked about Harringways condition on the way to where the puncture happens and is informed of the surgery. See more »

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Featured in My Mom's a Werewolf (1989) See more »

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Good story, great rocket, and a cool little robot.
9 February 2004 | by (Fayetteville, GA) – See all my reviews

An artifact from the planet Venus is found buried on Earth, and scientists learn that the object is the log of an alien spacecraft which crashed. After attempts to contact the Venusian civilization are unsuccessful, a multi-national (and multi-racial) flight to Earth's sister planet is launched.

When the expedition arrives on Venus they find a dead world whose civilization has been destroyed by some kind catastrophe. The story contains good ideas, but the plot seems to race along with no regard for dramatic timing or narrative clarity, undoubtedly because of the thirty minutes of footage which were removed from the American version. The obvious dubbing is a major distraction, and the sound effects are garish and unappealing. For some reason, there are very few shots of the rocket traveling through space during the voyage. Generally speaking, the special effects run hot and cold.

The spaceship itself, however, is a beauty (both the interior and exterior), rivaling the best rockets for the 1950s. The little robot is memorable and well designed (it looks like a miniature tank).

The exterior shots of the strange Venusian surface are imaginative, with superimposed wisps of vapor constantly drifting past. Listen for several segments of music borrowed from "Destination Moon" and "This Island Earth".


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