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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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... Dr. Stephen Mitchell
... Dr. Lisa Frank
Alan Wheatley ... Dr. Smith
Philip Leaver ... Professor Koepler
... Dr. Toby Andrews
Andrew Osborn ... Dr. Philip Crenshaw
Cecile Chevreau ... Vanessa Mitchell
... General Hayes
Hugh Moxey ... Col. Alfred Daniels
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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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Viagem Espacial  »

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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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Featured in The World of Hammer: Sci-Fi (1994) See more »

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Interesting, but can't decide what genre it is
1 December 2004 | by See 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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