Science Fiction Theatre: Season 1, Episode 36

Project 44 (6 Jan. 1956)

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A break through in rocket design "Project 44" means a team of 8 astronauts are to be selected to go on a mission to Mars. Those planning the project have to deal with the emotional stress ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Truman Bradley ...
Host / Narrator
Bill Williams ...
Dr. Arnold Bryan
Dr. Janice Morgan
Ed Garrett
Mack Williams ...
Undersecretary of State Everett Sturgis
Mary Munday ...
Redheaded Astronaut Trainee
Toni Carroll ...
Nurse Williams
Patsy Parsons ...
(as Patricia Parsons)
Amanda Webb
Vicki Bakken
Tom Bernard ...
Ken Drake ...
Divinity Student Astronaut Trainee (as Kenneth Drake)
Bob Nelson ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert S. Richardson ...


A break through in rocket design "Project 44" means a team of 8 astronauts are to be selected to go on a mission to Mars. Those planning the project have to deal with the emotional stress of such a voyage along with the obvious physical needs. Written by

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6 January 1956 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Interesting Only as a Period Piece
18 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Because of the introduction of a new rocket fuel, it is determined, without any other research sited, that it will be possible for a group of people to go to Mars. At least none is mentioned. The sorting out process is set up to choose the astronauts (although this term had not been invented at the time). Four men and four women are chosen. They are subjected to a series of tests to see if they are indeed fit. One of the interesting requirements is that they may not be married or have plans to marry. As the episode unfolds, the test subjects begin to fail miserably. One of the young women nearly dies. Something is afoot.

Meanwhile, a strained relationship develops between the project director and his psychiatrist wife. She announces he is crazy to the assembled astronauts. Then she is embarrassed by his response, showing her utter weakness. Another shot at women. Too smart for their own good and horribly emotional. This really has no bearing on the story. The only really interesting part is the science and how the people were tested, what issues they faced. That plays somewhat decently.

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