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Spaceways (1953)

A small group of closely-guarded British scientists test their first rocket amidst indications of matrimonial strife in the community. After the partial failure of the firing, a couple go ... See full summary »

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Terence Fisher

Writers:

Richard H. Landau (screenplay), Charles Eric Maine (radio play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Howard Duff ... Dr. Stephen Mitchell
Eva Bartok ... Dr. Lisa Frank
Alan Wheatley ... Dr. Smith
Philip Leaver Philip Leaver ... Professor Koepler
Michael Medwin ... Dr. Toby Andrews
Andrew Osborn Andrew Osborn ... Dr. Philip Crenshaw
Cecile Chevreau Cecile Chevreau ... Vanessa Mitchell
Anthony Ireland ... General Hayes
Hugh Moxey Hugh Moxey ... Col. Alfred Daniels
David Horne ... Minister
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A small group of closely-guarded British scientists test their first rocket amidst indications of matrimonial strife in the community. After the partial failure of the firing, a couple go missing - have they gone off together or are their murdered bodies circling the earth in the remains of the rocket? Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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The screen's first story of SPACE ISLANDS in the sky! See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Viagem Espacial See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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As the movie makes ample use of V2 stock footage, the rockets discussed and shown as models, and the ones on the launchpad are completely different. See more »

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Edited from Rocketship X-M (1950) See more »

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Better than its makers claim
8 November 2006 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Despite the disclaimers from both the director and producer, this is a fairly entertaining little movie. True, the space stuff struck me as dated, dull and not particularly interesting (aside from a shipboard explosion which is very deftly contrived), and the action is further handicapped by the colorless presence of Eva Bartok who, aside from her very last scene, does little to engage the viewer's attention. Admittedly, the script is weak in this respect and often gave me the feeling the heroine's role had been needlessly expanded simply to give Miss Bartok more screen time.

However, once the murder sub-plot rears its head and the talented Alan Wheatley makes his presence felt, interest picks up considerably. Andrew Osborn and Cecile Chevreau also deliver charismatic portrayals which help to counterbalance disappointing characterizations by Michael Medwin and (to a lesser extent) Philip Leaver. As for the hero, Howard Duff seems adequate enough, though he doesn't really pull a great deal of weight.

I must admit that, despite his cult following, I've never regarded Terence Fisher as one of the giants of the British film industry, but I thought he actually handled parts of this movie with a fair amount of savvy. Wheatley's scenes are directed (and edited) at a such an agreeably smart pace, one wishes that the Duff-Bartok-Medwin episodes were handled with at least an equal degree of expedition and dispatch.

And, despite the tight budget, I thought production values were more than adequate by "B"-picture standards.

So, all in all, I disagree with the claims of both producer Carreras and director Fisher that Spaceways has little or nothing to offer.


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