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An Air Force captain inadvertently volunteers to make the first manned flight around the moon. He immediately falls under the watchful protection of various security agencies, but despite ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Capt. Richmond Talbot
Maj. Gen. John M. Vanneman
McClosky aka 'Mac'
Dany Saval ...
Bob Sweeney ...
Sen. Henry McGuire
Kent Smith ...
Secretary of the Air Force
Walter Talbot
Simon Scott ...
Medical Officer
Agent Brown
Sarah Selby ...
Mrs. Celia Talbot
Dick Whittinghill ...
Col. Briggs


An Air Force captain inadvertently volunteers to make the first manned flight around the moon. He immediately falls under the watchful protection of various security agencies, but despite all their precautions, a young woman who may be an enemy spy succeeds in making contact with the captain. The captain eventually discovers that this woman is not an enemy but rather a friend from a very unusual source. Written by dinky-4

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5 April 1962 (USA)  »

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Dated by its slow pacing
11 December 2000 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

While the technical aspects of this "space age" comedy from the early 1960's are understandably dated, the major problem with watching "Moon Pilot" now lies in its slow pacing. Virtually every scene runs longer than it should and the conversations within each scene are too often marked by needless pauses and languid delivery. The result is a 70-minute story that's been s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d into a 98-minute movie.

Tom Tryon seems an unusual choice for the title role. His dark, brooding, sexually-ambiguous looks would qualify him to play "Heathcliff" but "Moon Pilot" is virtually his only foray into farcical comedy. However, his innately serious quality helps him to anchor the movie more securely than would a Dick Van Dyke or a Dean Jones, but he really doesn't shine in this kind of material. His image as a juicy slab of "beefcake" remains intact, however, since even this family-oriented Disney comedy finds an excuse to strip him down to his boxer shorts in order to display his hairy chest in two separate scenes.

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