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12 to the Moon (1960)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  June 1960 (USA)
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An international team embarks on an expedition to the moon in an uncommonly spacious rocketship. There they encounter a faceless alien intelligence who conclude that the human race is too ... See full summary »

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Dr. Luis Vargas (as Tony Dexter)
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Robert Montgomery Jr. ...
Roddy Murdock (as Bob Montgomery Jr.)
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Richard Weber ...
Dr. David Ruskin
Muzaffer Tema ...
Dr. Selim Hamid (as Tema Bey)
Roger Til ...
Dr. Etienne Martel
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Dr. Asmara Markonen
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An international team embarks on an expedition to the moon in an uncommonly spacious rocketship. There they encounter a faceless alien intelligence who conclude that the human race is too immature and dangerous and must be destroyed. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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Twelve to the Moon  »

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Despite the overall low budget nature of this film, the producers obtained the services of the highly regarded cinematographer John Alton. This became one of two features shot by Alton during the final year of his active career. This did not indicate a decline in Alton's professional reputation; the other film shot that year was the far more upscale Elmer Gantry (1960). See more »

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Stock footage of an object arcing towards Earth depicts an extremely long 'tail' of engine fire while close-up model shots show only a small flame (which is crooked, pointing 'up'). See more »

Crazy Credits

The "starring" cast credits are shown against a background of stars. Each name seems to zoom outward from the center of the screen, like meteors in a shower; but as each one appears it stops and remains onscreen until all 12 names are visible simultaneously. Ken Clark's name is the first shown, followed in order by Michi Kobi, Tom Conway, Tony Dexter, John Wengraf, Bob Montgomery Jr., Phillip Baird, Richard Weber, Tema Bey, Roger Til, Cory Devlin, and "and Anna-Lisa"; but when they have all settled in their places, the first row of names has Clark, Baird, Dexter, Til, Conway; the second row has Devlin, Bey, Montgomery, Wengraf; and the third row has Kobi, Anna-Lisa, Weber. Francis X. Bushman's name appears on a second screen as a "guest star". See more »

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A Rough Cut of Future Sci Fi
6 August 2013 | by (utah) – See all my reviews

Obviously dated, the ambitious sci fi adventure to the moon released nine years before American's actually landed on the moon and eight years before 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) the classic technical space adventure, arguably the best of all time movie, 12 to the Moon offered its audience a serious attempt at its own moon space adventure. Taking its outline from another contemporaneous film, it incorporates the same sincerity as First Spaceship to Venus (1960) which offers up similar international cooperative understanding and along with a moral message of caution to the tiny, faction-ridden planet earth. It also follows in the footsteps of another sci fi classic Forbidden Planet (1956) in its form and intent. Interestingly enough, 12 to the Moon might be faulted for its lack of animated performances, though in some respects such portrayals could be considered even more authentic than the oftentimes stylized, dramatized versions of acting in most movies of the period.

12 to the Moon incorporates plenty of political messages from love and human kinds inferiority as a race with its cultural prejudices, but ultimate potential cooperation and understanding, sacrifice. There are sandy sinking movie elements found in Journey to the Center of the Earth (1956) as well as foretells of the burning elements of Alien (1979), strains of music as well as similar serious but cheap special effects of the well received sci fi television series The Outer Limits (1963-1965), and a sci fi theme of superior beings a bit later in television episodes from Star Trek (1966-1969). The attempts at serious technical and speculative science found in this movie are commendable. There's mention of a "step" for mankind on the moon. There is the use of a mini-video cam.

This movie is a bold but cheap and perhaps stilted acting that, however, offers a series of sci fi experiences and themes that make for an overall fascinating look at one version of space exploration and contact with an advanced mystery.


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