MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 596 this week

12 to the Moon (1960)

 |  Sci-Fi  |  June 1960 (USA)
2.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 2.7/10 from 627 users  
Reviews: 25 user | 5 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay) (as De Witt Bodeen)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 167 titles
created 27 Jan 2011
 
a list of 190 titles
created 23 Oct 2011
 
a list of 9999 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "12 to the Moon" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: 12 to the Moon (1960)

12 to the Moon (1960) on IMDb 2.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of 12 to the Moon.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Sci-Fi | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A friendly visitor from outer space warns against conducting experiments with the Earth's magnetic field, that could mutate insects into giant monsters.

Director: Gilbert Gunn
Stars: Forrest Tucker, Gaby André, Martin Benson
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Five astronauts successfully fly to Mars where they encounter seemingly friendly and advanced inhabitants who harbor covert plans to use their ship to invade Earth.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: Marguerite Chapman, Cameron Mitchell, Arthur Franz
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

Escaped convicts Gary and Lon are caught hiding in a rocket by scientist Dirk Green, who forces them to pilot the ship to the moon. Dirk, who's secretly a moon being, wants to return to his... See full summary »

Director: Richard E. Cunha
Stars: Richard Travis, Cathy Downs, K.T. Stevens
Unknown World (1951)
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Scientists use a gigantic drilling machine for an expedition to the center of the earth.

Director: Terry O. Morse
Stars: Bruce Kellogg, Otto Waldis, Jim Bannon
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Scientists investigating an unusual meteor shower in a rural field are possessed by an alien force bent on an ulterior purpose.

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Robert Hutton, Jennifer Jayne, Zia Mohyeddin
Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

In 1960, a military test pilot is caught in a time warp that propels him to year 2024 where he finds a plague has sterilized the world's population.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Robert Clarke, Darlene Tompkins, Arianne Ulmer
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  

A strange signal arrives on the Earth disturbing all communications, while an ufo appears above the Antarctic sea. Captain Alex Hamilton is sent with his spaceship and crew to the space ... See full summary »

Director: Alfonso Brescia
Stars: John Richardson, Yanti Somer, West Buchanan
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

A saboteur posing as a scientist strives to destroy the world's first space station.

Director: Richard Talmadge
Stars: Donna Martell, Hayden Rorke, Ross Ford
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A series of decapitations on a Swiss mountainside appear to be connected to a mysterious radioactive cloud.

Director: Quentin Lawrence
Stars: Forrest Tucker, Laurence Payne, Jennifer Jayne
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A crack space pilot returns to earth to find the planet has been devastated by some unknown forces. There are a few survivors, so he organizes them in a plan to ward off control by a group ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Willard Parker, Virginia Field, Dennis Price
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Ships mysteriously disappear on route across the Arctic Sea, and a specially-equipped submarine is sent to investigate.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Stars: Arthur Franz, Dick Foran, Brett Halsey
Gog (1954)
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A security agent investigates sabotage and murder at a secret underground laboratory, home of two experimental robots.

Director: Herbert L. Strock
Stars: Richard Egan, Constance Dowling, Herbert Marshall
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Michi Kobi ...
Tom Conway ...
Anthony Dexter ...
Dr. Luis Vargas (as Tony Dexter)
...
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
Cory Devlin ...
Dr. Asmara Markonen
Anna-Lisa ...
Dr. Sigrid Bomark
...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Land on the moon with the first intrepid astronauts! See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

June 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Twelve to the Moon  »

Box Office

Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

As Heinrich and Ruskin's shuttle plummets to the Earth, a stick is visible extending from the left side of the screen to the model and is obviously being lowered by a stage hand (the stick actually obscures some of the stars on the backdrop). 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 »

Connections

Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: 12 to the Moon (1994) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good intentions, bad movie.
11 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Let me just say first, that it was a very noble idea for the moon to be explored as a global effort. They had representatives of many nations and even a black man and two women! (Actually pretty bold ideas at the time.) And even in the midst of the Red scare, they had a Russian, who, despite being a jerk, stops another European from sabotaging a mission to save the U.S. Yes, the movie seems to have been made with noble intentions towards world peace. That said, this is one big turkey. First, no one involved with the movie had any idea about what the moon and space were really like. (They have steam coming out of craters, and several clusters of meteors just between earth and the moon.) Second, the SFX are pitiful. (The ship at times has visible strings, and at one point a stick. The moon also appears to have Stage lights at one point.) These ingredients makes it a fairly awful movie. My recommendation? Watch the MST3K version and applaud the good intent but laugh at how awful everything else is.


10 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why Couldn't They Get Real Sci-Fi Writers? tpcassidy-1
12 to the Moon coming on TCM July 20, 2009 bretw
TCM showed it charles-dill
12 to the Moon timselbow
Alien Written Language Starwind51
Year setting? nbreyfogle-1
Discuss 12 to the Moon (1960) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?