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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. Gavin Lewis
Angela Smith
Cmdr. Hardy Smith
Stan Arthur
Lt. Col. Tony LaCava
Richard X. Slattery ...
Deputy Correll
Charlie Coogan
John Lupton ...
Maj. Clifford Banks
Robert Knapp ...
Lt. Col. Howell
PIO McNally
John Carter ...
Owens - Alien
Charles McDaniel ...
Roberts (as Charles A. McDaniel)
Steve Cory ...


David is drawn into the space program by a series of coincidences that convince him of alien involvement. But why do the aliens want to put one of their own on a manned mission? Surely they can get to space whenever they need to. The answer may lie in the meaning of some photographs taken by an unmanned probe. Photographs that reveal some disturbingly regular objects on the moon's surface. Written by CommanderBalok

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller




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18 April 1967 (USA)  »

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John Ericson's bare-chest scene provides the best "beefcake" of the entire series, easily surpassing the series' trio of bare-chest scenes featuring Roy Thinnes. See more »


Narrator: [Act One Narration] The nation has been stunned. The first screaming newspaper stories spoke of a fishing accident and the strange, red fog. Two men, slated to walk on the face of the moon, had unaccountably perished. For David Vincent, there was an answer, terrifying in its implications. And so he came to the Florida Keys to find the radio operator who had heard the vacationing astronauts' final words.
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26 October 2006 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

Though Moonshot was a routine "Invaders" installment, with the aliens sabotaging the first flight to the moon, it did feature some of the 60's most familiar television actors. Anthony Eisely ("Tony LaCava"), one of the co-stars of "Hawaiian Eye" appears as one of the astronauts; Richard X. Slattery ("Riley") and Ross Elliott("McNally") can be found in numerous productions from the decade; while John Lupton ("Major Banks"), as one of the doomed astronauts, was a fixture on both the 50's "Broken Arrow" and daytime's "Days of Our Lives".

Kent Smith (Stan Arthur) would later become a semi-regular during the show's second season, assaying a new role as a compatriot to David Vincent (Roy Thinnes).

As far as the other guest stars are concerned, Joanne Linville ("Angela Smith") can be found in such genre fare as the original "Star Trek," as well as a memorable turn as a quack faith-healer on "Hawaii 5-0". John Ericson is primarily remembered as an actor with many B-movies under his belt.

Peter Graves ("Gavin Lewis"), having had modest success on "Fury", would later gain greater notoriety as "Jim Phelps" on "Mission: Impossible.

It's surprising that character acting legend Strother Martin ("Charlie Coogan") didn't get "special guest star" billing. He was one of the greats and always enlivened any production in which he could be found.

As I said earlier, the installment itself, isn't one of the best but it is a good showcase of those actors whose faces were familiar but names were unknown.

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