Don Knotts is Roy Fleming, a small town kiddie-ride operator who is deathly afraid of heights. After learning that his father has signed him up for the space program, Roy reluctantly heads for Houston, only to find out upon arriving that his job is a janitor, not an astronaut. Anxious to live up to the expectations of his domineering father, Roy manages to keep up a facade of being an astronaut to his family and friends. When NASA decides to launch a lay person into space to prove the worthiness of a new automated spacecraft, Roy gets the chance to confront his fears. Written by
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Boldly going where no coward has gone before.
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15 April 1968 (Denmark)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
According to Don Knotts
's autobiography, the idea of the film originated during the writing of The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
(1966). Knotts and screenwriter James Fritzell
were in a tall building writing the script, but Fritzell's partner, Everett Greenbaum
wouldn't join them because of his fear of heights. Knotts and Fritzell then began joking about the worst job to have if one was scared of heights. Being an astronaut was the top choice. See more
When Roy is in space, he's shown doing somersaults while weightless. One of NASA's ground personnel who is monitoring him reports that "he's rotating at a rate of 360 degrees per second", which means that he'd be making a complete rotation every second. His true speed of rotation is nowhere near that fast. See more
[as Mr. Spaceman, operating the Rocket Ride
We are now passing over the Hawaiian Islands. Our flight plan will carry us to the recovery area 100 miles southeast of the Bahamas. We are starting our retro-rocket countdown: five, four, three, two, one, firing retro rockets!
[presses button making rocket sound
We will be touching down in twenty minutes.
I have to go to the bathroom.
We have just touched down!
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Music by Joseph Gershenson
Lyrics by James Fritzell
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