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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...

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Writer:
Stuart J. Byrne (original story and screenplay)
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1972 (USA) See more »
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Death in Space! See more »
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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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Cast

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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)
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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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This film uses several special effects shots from Gorath (1962) (including most of the exterior shots of space flight involving the ship and other space stations). Many of the other shots of both the spacecraft (showing a completely different craft than featured in the "Yosei Gorasu" footage) and interior shots of television screens are taken from The Wizard of Mars (1965).See more »
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Factual errors: Spacesuits used for spacewalk sequence have sleeves and cuffs tucked into boots and gloves, rather than air tight. The air tanks aren't connected to the suits.See more »
Quotes:
Danny:We're picking up a bomb of static. Must be due to the Van Allen Belt.See more »
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
The History of Doomsday + 7, 27 October 2008
Author: daslone from United States

The movie came from a February 1966 screen play story outline by Stuart J. Byrne called Deadmen in Space. It was optioned to Fred Long of Pleidas Productions, Inc. Allied Artists Studio. In March, 1966, Henry Blum and Fred Long agreed to form a corporation to be known as Blu-Lon Ent. which would acquire certain properties, one of which was "Dead Men in Space" also known as "Armageddon 75". (The corporation never was formed but Blum and Long worked as a 50/50 partnership on this movie).

Seeing possible conflicts with the title Armageddon, the property was registered on March 29, 1967 with the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. as "Doomsday + (plus) 7 (seven)". There was a private screening of the incomplete movie on June 21, 1969 with the title listed as "Doomsday Plus 7". (There are audience participation cards.) On the 22nd of November, 1969, Fred Long signed over all rights to the "partially completed feature length motion picture, tentatively entitled 'DOOMSDAY PLUS SEVEN', by FRED LONG as Producer ... to Q R C Productions ..." and lost all control, possible profit and his name was stricken from the picture.

There is much more to the story. The budget overruns and mismanagement. The threats of lawsuits. Rising government costs almost at will. The way Stuart stood by Fred Long and how the Hollywood machine just chewed up the little guy. If a movie were made called "The Making of Doomsday + 7", it would be a money maker in theaters today. I have the documentation and more.

I also have Fred Long family photos and negatives along with some personal items of Mr. Long that I would like to get back to the family. Fred Long is a stage name, the family will know his given name.

Do not judge Mr. Long's work by the completed film but by the work up to the point the actors morphed. Hokey - yes. Low budget - yes. But it didn't have to be a hack job. RIP Fred, I hope this helps.

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