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Assignment: Outer Space (1960)
"Space Men" (original title)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  13 December 1961 (USA)
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In the 21st century Ray Peterson, reporter for the Interplanetary News, is assigned to write a story aboard a space station. Tension mounts between Peterson and the station commander, who ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Rik Van Nutter ...
Ray Peterson (IZ41) (as Rik Von Nutter)
Gabriella Farinon ...
Lucy (Y13) (as Gaby Farinon)
David Montresor ...
George the Commander
Archie Savage ...
Al (X15)
Alain Dijon ...
Archie (Y16)
Franco Fantasia ...
Sullivan (as Frank Fantasia)
Joe Pollini ...
King 116
David Maran ...
Davis
José Néstor ...
Venus Commander (as Jose Nestor)
Anita Todesco ...
Venus Control
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In the 21st century Ray Peterson, reporter for the Interplanetary News, is assigned to write a story aboard a space station. Tension mounts between Peterson and the station commander, who believes he is in the way, but has orders to leave him alone. Errant spaceship Alpha Two enters the solar system and its photon generators are radiating enough heat to destroy Earth as it approaches. It falls to Peterson to try to figure out a way to enter the spaceship, disarm the generators, and escape before suffocating. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Released to theaters in the USA on a triple bill with the East German film First Spaceship on Venus (1960) and the Japanese film The Mysterians (1957). See more »

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Edited into Out of this World Super Shock Show (2007) See more »

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2 July 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Thanks to junk-monkey (liam@merriol.freeserve.co.uk) for the review I read on one screen while watching the movie on the other. Read his excellent review for proper details. This is just a "me too' rider on that.

A quandary on the scoring: 3 out of 10 for stand-alone entertainment, but 7 for teaching value. It's great for analysis.

I'm teaching my 9 yr old daughter the basics of film-making, and so far this is the best "how to do a low budget job without spending money on a continuity girl" effort I've yet found.

You really _could_ make this film at home with a few mates, a roll of black paper and the contents of a junk radio surplus store for props and scenery. You'll also need some fishing line and a couple of plastic construction kits with burning candles stuck up their orifices, some mud and a source of smoke - a cigar, or a pinch of dry ice. Because of that, for the stated instructional purpose, I loved the film. and even though it's not "Dark Star," it must have helped pave the way

The kid's about to do a remake starring teddy bears and a washing-up liquid bottle with fins stuck on. It should be no less convincing.

I downloaded it from a public domain collection.

Would I buy it? Probably not for more than £1.00


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