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Riders to the Stars (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 14 January 1954 (USA)
In an attempt to discover the composition of meteors, three astronauts are sent out into space in three specially designed rockets. Their mission is to capture a meteor and bring it to ... See full summary »


Richard Carlson, Herbert L. Strock (uncredited)


Curt Siodmak (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
William Lundigan ... Dr. Richard Stanton
Herbert Marshall ... Dr. Don Stanton
Richard Carlson ... Dr. Jerry Lockwood
Martha Hyer ... Dr. Jane Flynn
Dawn Addams ... Susan Manners
Robert Karnes ... Walter Gordon
Lawrence Dobkin ... Dr. Delmar
George Eldredge ... Dr. Paul Dryden
Dan Riss ... Dr. Frank Werner
Michael Fox ... Dr. Klinger
King Donovan ... James O'Herli
Kem Dibbs Kem Dibbs ... David Wells
James Best ... Dr. Sidney K. Fuller (as James K. Best)


In an attempt to discover the composition of meteors, three astronauts are sent out into space in three specially designed rockets. Their mission is to capture a meteor and bring it to Earth. Written by Patrick D. Rockwell <prockwell@thegrid.net>

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Deep into space they streak... plunging into a limitless world of terror and excitement... challenging the vast unknown in man's most perilous undertaking! See more »


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Release Date:

14 January 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

150 milhas acima da Terra See more »

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Production Co:

Ivan Tors Productions See more »
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Color (Color Corporation of America)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Cinematographer Stanley Cortez was fired and replaced (by Joseph F. Biroc) after clashing with director Herbert L. Strock, but still retained screen credit. See more »


As Stanton's rocket flies back to Earth, its altitude is reported first as 12,000 feet, and a few moments later as 5000 feet, yet both times it's still shown in outer space. The rocket is finally shown entering the atmosphere at an altitude of 1000 feet - all of these altitudes low, since the outermost edge of space is well in excess of 100,000 feet (about 20 miles) or more above the Earth's surface. See more »


Kitty White: [Opening song lyrics sung by Kitty White, though IMDb's quote section would not let me add her as "other" in the quotes section] "Riders to the Stars - that is what we are every time we kiss in the night. Jupiter and Mars aren't very far anytime your holding me tight. Your embrace changed time and place. Hurled in space were we, and now we're Whirling past the moon, far away from Earth just the way I dreamed love would be. Riders to the stars are we."
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Riders to the Stars
Music by Harry Sukman
Lyrics by Leon Pober
Vocalist: Kitty White
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A tribute to the era
26 June 2002 | by earl chenowethSee all my reviews

The movie was one of my favorites when I was gowing up. I was lucky enough to read the paperback book when it came out, & I was very excited when I heard there would be a movie. It is a classic in its way, showing the selection process for what is virtually an impossible task( Space travel depends on onbtaining a material found only in meteorites, so we must travel in space to get it so we can then travel in space...) There is the usual love-interest, but the most interesting character in the book/movie is played by Richard Carlson, as a logical detached scientist, who is lost in a kind of "Rapture of the Deep" in reaction to the reality of, and the sheer beauty of the stars. If you can find this movie --get it!!

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