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1972 (USA) See more »
Death in Space! See more »
Spies discover that the Red Chinese have built a "doomsday machine" capable of destroying the surface of the Earth... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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
Essie Lin Chia ... 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)
Gábor 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)
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83 min
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Most of the movie was filmed in 1967 but due to a lack of financing it wasn't completed until 1972 when the producers had acquired enough money to complete the film, but without any of the original cast members. Lee Sholem was hired to direct the new footage.See more »
Continuity: Danny points towards a space capsule, and Bronski looks in a different direction to see it.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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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013)See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
On the Whole, Unbearable., 21 September 2012
Author: Robert J. Maxwell ( from Deming, New Mexico, USA

Lots of more or less recognizable faces in this El Cheapo Production, most of them over the hill. Of the half dozen astronauts who travel to Venus, Bobby Van is a baby-faced wisecracker, Daniel Wilcoxin started out in movies in 1931, the ligneous Grant Williams' best-known role is as an incredible shrinking man, Ruta Lee is a determined doctor of cosmology or cosmetology or something, Mala Powers was Roxanne in the Oscar-winning "Cyrano de Bergerac" twenty-two years earlier. But I kind of liked the line up. Any cast with two dancers among the principals -- Bobby Van ("Kiss Me Kate") and Ruta Lee ("Seven Brides For Seven Brothers") -- is okay with me.

And with that, the accolades disappear into outer space. The acting is perfunctory. The dialog is formulaic -- full of phony technological static. "Don't change your azimuth because we can only give you two degrees of yaw on the nose." The inside of the space ship is bigger than my living room. Hell, it has more square footage than my entire mobile home. And its only furniture is six chairs for the astronauts, and the chairs are recycled recliners.

I didn't get past the space ship's journey to Venus but I know from the diligent research I've done that the plot has something to do with a Doomsday Machine that the Chinese Commies have buried two hundred miles deep in the earth. When it blows, it will set all the faults of all the earth's plates in motion. (Better that, than that they should dump their dollars and start investing in Euros.) To be honest, I knew I'd never be able to handle it shortly after the launch of the space ship. The director must have dozed off. I can understand some tense radio exchanges about technical junk but the scene dragged on and on -- and on. And -- NOTHING HAPPENS. And so we say good-bye to the six resourceful space travelers as they sail off into the sunset.

The movie is available without cost through Hulu Movies on the internet as part of a package called Elvira's Movies Macabre. I don't know if everyone knows who Elvira was but many years ago, in the LA area, people looked forward to seeing her. She was all made up in ludicrous vampire garb but still sexy, what with her cantilevered bosom. Her comments were never scary and sometimes funny. Here, she carries on girlishly about putting a man on Venus. How about putting ARMS on Venus first! (Then she has to explain the joke because otherwise nobody living in Los Angeles is going to get it.)

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