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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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Dr. Erich Heinrich
Robert Montgomery Jr. ...
Roddy Murdock (as Bob Montgomery Jr.)
Phillip Baird ...
Dr. William Rochester
Richard Weber ...
Dr. David Ruskin
Muzaffer Tema ...
Dr. Selim Hamid (as Tema Bey)
Roger Til ...
Dr. Etienne Martel
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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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Land on the moon with the first intrepid astronauts! See more »

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June 1960 (USA)  »

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Twelve to the Moon  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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The spaceship which lands on the moon is called the Lunar Eagle One. Nine years after this movie was released, the first human visit to the moon was accomplished in a lunar lander called the Eagle. See more »

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Possible to see lighting equipment, catwalk railings at top of frame in wide shots on moon. 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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back when people knew how to make films
31 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is entertainment. It tells a story. The science is off, but that's because it is science fiction. There really has never been a film which had "great" science, and even fewer famous science fiction writers really gave us great science, or entertainment for that matter.

This is about a united world expedition to the Moon, meaning 12 people of various nationalities with different qualifications.

The film is well directed, following the story in a logical progression. While the actions aren't exactly understandable, they are coherent in the progression of the plot. The story is told. And the subplots meld well together.

The atmosphere is what really works here. We get the isolated feeling of space travel. A big budget isn't needed, and indeed a film like this keeps a person's interest perked because of looking basic.

This is because the film of the Golden Age of Hollywood, which pretty well ended in the sixties, were interesting in the look and technique. Directors knew how to stage a play. With a very few exceptions, modern science fiction puts people to sleep.

Is the film cheesy? Yes. But it is deservedly so. It does entertain. It doesn't throw a stupid looking video arcade look at you, the sort of look that merely annoys you. This film astounds you with the basics.

This is an exciting film. True entertainment.


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