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12 to the Moon (1960)

| Sci-Fi | June 1960 (USA)
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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Muzaffer Tema ...
Dr. Selim Hamid (as Tema Bey)
Roger Til ...
Dr. Etienne Martel
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Dr. Asmara Markonen
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Dr. Sigrid Bomark
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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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Ride the Excitement Orbit to the Moon with the First Space Explorers! See more »

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Twelve to the Moon  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The astronauts' acceleration couches were common tube-lined poolside recliners. See more »

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As the crew attempt to pull Anderson from the "quicksand", his legs, supposedly being sucked straight down, lift a little, and reveal that he is simply lying down on his back under only a foot of sand. 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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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: 12 to the Moon (1994) See more »

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Lynch Fever
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Good insight into pre-space flight culture
6 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie has been misunderstood and slammed by some of the reviewers. At the time of the production in 1959, we still didn't even know exactly what the Earth looked like from space! All we had were a pitiful few almost useless "trophy" satellites careening around the Earth... Martians and intelligent life on Venus were still open topics for scientific discussion! It was a great time for speculation and open-minded thought. And on the other hand, the Cold War era movies always had to have a political morality issue thrown in... they actually still tried to put values into their work. Todays audiences should be proud to stand on the shoulders of the people who built the world they have the luxury of spitting on. It's actually pretty cool to watch the maker's conception of future space exploration. It's a shame we are too prejudiced to share their dream for an hour or so. The rocket may resemble a butane lighter and the meteors may not be real, but hey... it's an old movie!!! Get a grip on yourself and a bowl of popcorn and enjoy this piece of pre-spaceflight speculation for what it is.


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