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Doomsday Machine -- Spies discover that the Red Chinese have built a "doomsday machine" capable of destroying the surface of the Earth...
Doomsday Machine -- The year is 1975. A spaceship is launched from the Earth on a mission to Venus. As it streaks through space, its passengers are horrified to learn that Earth has been destroyed by a nuclear holocaust (they witness it on their telescreen).


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  (in credits order)
Bobby Van ... Danny

Ruta Lee ... Dr. Marion Turner

Mala Powers ... Maj. Georgianna Bronski

James Craig ... Dr. Haines

Grant Williams ... Maj. Kurt Mason

Henry Wilcoxon ... Dr. Christopher Perry
Chia Essie Lin ... Girl Spy

Casey Kasem ... Mission Control Officer
Lorri Scott ... Lt. Katie Carlson
Denny Miller ... Col. Don Price (as Scott Miller)

Mike Farrell ... 1st Reporter
John Cestare

Raymond Mayo
Frank Gambina

Mark Bailey ... Major / Astronaut
Leo Ramirez
Anthony Loder

Win De Lugo (as Winston DeLugo)
Gabriel Curtiz (as Gabor Curtiz)
Mary Meade French ... Woman Reporter
Josh Peine
Steven Roberts
Michael Christian
Robert Swan
Ted Markland
Karl Bruck
Skip Battyn
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Wayne Rogers ... Press man
Stuart J. Byrne ... (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Harry Hope ... (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Jane Williams ... (uncredited) (unconfirmed)

Directed by
Harry Hope 
Lee Sholem 
Herbert J. Leder (uncredited)
Writing credits
Stuart J. Byrne (original story and screenplay)

Produced by
Harry Hope .... producer
Oscar Nichols .... executive producer (as Oscar L. Nichols)
Cinematography by
Stanley Cortez (director of photography)
Art Direction by
James E. Schwarm 
Production Management
Charles Hammon .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
David R. Smith .... set constructor
Visual Effects by
William C. Davies .... director of special effects photography
David L. Hewitt .... creator of special visual effects
Mike Nussman .... director of special effects lighting
Music Department
Bebe Barron .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Louis Barron .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Escape from Planet Earth" - USA (video title)
"The Doomsday Machine" - USA (poster title)
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83 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The cutting tool that Danny (Bobby Van) carries with him in his final scene is a Zero-M Sonic Blaster, a spy toy made by Mattel in 1966.See more »
Factual errors: The "dopplerscope" showing the ship's position in space is marked North, South, East, and West.See more »
Dr. Marion Turner:Katie, this isn't a hayride. We're here for a serious purpose!
Lt. Katie Carlson:What could be more serious than a hayride?
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Movie Connections:
Edited from The Wizard of Mars (1965)See more »


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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
It ain't easy bein' cheesy., 24 February 2007
Author: Kenneth Eagle Spirit from United States

Hey, a space ship that comes with its own seat belt equipped laz-e-boy recliners! OK, given that this thing was started by one bunch in the 60s and then finished by another group in the 70s you can pretty much figure that continuity is out the window. Hairstyles change, the Russian chick looses her accent, and boy does Danny's voice ever change. But given the circumstances, like two entirely different crews, I really don't think continuity and the lack of same ought to be a factor. The folks that took this thing out of mothballs and tried to make it work deserve kudos for the effort. And they did a fair job up until the very end. Pseudo-philosophical meanderings just don't fit well in a sci-fi movie that comes across like the B films of the same genre out of the 50s. But, thats rather where a lot of those flicks tried to go too, so I guess it was to be expected. At the end they even set it up for a sequel. Well, be thankful that never happened. The cast is fun, with players recognizable from "Wagon Train" to "M.A.S.H." and beyond. Its not so bad, and kinda fun to watch. With all the problems it survived, hey, maybe, at the edge of our solar system, there is an adventure awaiting the "last of man".

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