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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 »

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writers:

Richard H. Landau (screenplay), Charles Eric Maine (radio play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Howard Duff ... Dr. Stephen Mitchell
Eva Bartok ... Dr. Lisa Frank
Alan Wheatley ... Dr. Smith
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 {J-26}

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Space is a cold place to die! See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Trivia

The film was distributed in the UK by Exclusive Films Ltd. and in the United States by Lippert Pictures Inc. See more »

Goofs

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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Interesting, but can't decide what genre it is
1 December 2004 | by Vigilante-407See all my reviews

I like Spaceways, but it is a pretty average movie on all fronts (for the fifties). Even though it does have the lovely Eva Bartok in it, and was directed by Hammer Film's legendary Terence Fisher, the film's main problem is that it can't decide what type of genre film it is, with all the various story elements running around. We've got a early British science fiction (hence the title, of course), a murder mystery, and a bit of early Cold War thriller all tumbled together.

The performances by all are solid if stereotypical, but the effects consist primarily of using the same stock footage of V-2 experiments that viewers would come to know and sometimes loathe in many movies later on (Fire Maidens From Outer Space, King Dinosaur, etc., etc.). The movie also seems to end a bit abruptly.

Luckily, the DVD of the movie is available at mall music/video stores for about $6 (I got my in a double pack with Kronos for $10), so it is at least affordable for the 50's Sci-Fi Completest out there.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Viagem Espacial See more »

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Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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