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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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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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Join the first astronauts in the space-conquering flight to the moon! See more »

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Twelve to the Moon  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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This film was reportedly shot in 8 days on a budget of $150,000. See more »

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During the countdown, the launch vehicle Lunar Eagle switches from an Atlas to a Juno rocket, and then back again. 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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Music by Trevor Duncan
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Don't waste your Frequent Flyer miles
14 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

Those man's-first-flight-into-space movies from the 1950s often have a certain charm despite (or perhaps because of) their cheap sets, black-and-white photography, no-name casts, and scientific ignorance. This movie, however, has all the Grade-B tackiness without much of the compensating fun that marks, say, "Cat-Women of the Moon."

The plot has an international crew of ten men and two women rocketing to the moon and encountering the usual meteor showers along the way as they discuss how small and insignificant the Earth now looks. Upon reaching the moon, they discover gold, a glowing substance dubbed the "Medusa stone," traces of air, and evidence of a mysterious, never-seen civilization living below the surface in a "sealed city." This civilization wants them to leave before they inflict more damage.

The crew of the "Lunar Eagle 1" promptly heads for home but discovers that North America has been frozen by the civilization on the moon. To thaw it out, two members of the crew undertake a suicide mission to steer an atomic bomb into a Mexican volcano. (Don't ask.) The resulting explosion thaws out the continent and this act of self-sacrifice helps convince the moon-people that we Earthlings aren't so bad after all.

Mixed into this plot are a conflict between two crewmen, (a German and an Israeli), as well as a scene with a crewman who proves to be a saboteur with Communist tendencies.

Perhaps the movie's "high" point occurs when, mid-way to the moon, the rocket's American captain -- naked except for a small white towel modestly looped around his waist -- opens the shower-room door only to discover that it's currently occupied by the two female members of the crew. The human race has the expertise to build a rocket to the moon but they can't figure out how to put a lock on the shower-room door?

Incidentally, the captain is played by Ken Clark and his hairy chest is by far the best special-effect in the entire movie!


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