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Project Moon Base (1953)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 4 September 1953 (USA)
A saboteur posing as a scientist strives to destroy the world's first space station.

Director:

Richard Talmadge

Writers:

Robert A. Heinlein (screenplay) (as Robert Heinlein), Jack Seaman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Donna Martell ... Colonel Briteis
Hayden Rorke ... General Greene
Ross Ford ... Major Moore
Larry Johns Larry Johns ... Doctor Wernher
Herb Jacobs Herb Jacobs ... Mr. Roundtree
Barbara Morrison ... Polly Prattles
Ernestine Barrier Ernestine Barrier ... Madame President
James Craven James Craven ... Commodore Carlson
John Hedloe John Hedloe ... Adjutant
Peter Adams Peter Adams ... Captain Carmody
Robert Karnes ... Sam
John Straub John Straub ... Chaplain
Charles Keane Charles Keane ... Spacom Operator
John Tomecko John Tomecko ... Blockhouse Operator
Robert Paltz Robert Paltz ... Bellboy
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Storyline

In the not-too-distant future of 1970, the United States is considering building bases on the Moon, and send a female colonel and two men to investigate. One of the men turns out to be a foreign spy, and the entire operation--and the future of the free world--is in danger. Written by Marty McKee <mailto:mmckee@wkio.com>

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Terror strikes in the Unknown Stratosphere! See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Project Moonbase See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Galaxy Pictures Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shot in ten days. See more »

Goofs

Maj. Moore is talking from the moonbase to the space station using the large "Television Monitor". Right after the General says "Take off your rank son, this is man to man." the Major stands up and his shadow is now visible on the wall behind the General showing that the "Monitor" is just a hole in the wall and the space station set is on the other side. See more »

Quotes

Gen. 'Pappy' Greene: Colonel, I'm sending Major Moore as your co-pilot.
Col. Briteis: Bill Moore? Oh no General, you can't!
Gen. 'Pappy' Greene: And why not?
Col. Briteis: The big lug hates me, he's jealous of me.
Gen. 'Pappy' Greene: Now you listen to me, 'Brighteyes'...
Col. Briteis: "Bright-ice", if you please...
Gen. 'Pappy' Greene: Shut up BrightEYES, and listen to me! Major Moore is the best pilot we've got, better than you are!
Col. Briteis: But, I don't understand why you...
Gen. 'Pappy' Greene: PIPE DOWN! If he weighed 90 pounds instead of 180, he'd be a Colonel and a public hero and you'd still be a Captain. But you got the orbiting flight, ...
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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Project Moonbase (1990) See more »

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Space slumber
18 April 2015 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Robert A. Heinlein certainly wrote some great science fiction tales in his life, but I wasn't surprised to find out that he didn't like this science fiction movie that he helped script. In fairness, most of the blame doesn't fall on his shoulders. For starters, the movie simply didn't have an adequate budget for the most part. While there are a few neat low budget effects here and there, a real feeling of cheapness can be felt from start to end. And under the direction of Richard Talmadge, the movie suffers from not only a really slow pace (despite the running time being only a little over an hour), but from missing feelings of awe, wonder, and plain old excitement that you'd expect from a movie concerning explorers of the moon. The movie is slightly more scientifically accurate about space exploration and travel than a number of other science fiction films from this same time period, but the movie is so dull I would have welcomed a tribe of moon women appearing just to have some unintended humor to liven things up.


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