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On the Threshold of Space (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 30 April 1956 (Sweden)
Scientist is sent to investigate a faulty ejector seat, then sent into space to test it, showing an assortment of human weaknesses and strengths. Basically this is about the human predicament and drama, not space.

Director:

Robert D. Webb

Writers:

Shimon Wincelberg (as Simon Wincelberg), Francis M. Cockrell (as Francis Cockrell)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Guy Madison ... Capt. Jim Hollenbeck
Virginia Leith ... Pat Lange
John Hodiak ... Maj. Ward Thomas
Dean Jagger ... Dr. Hugo Thornton
Warren Stevens ... Capt. Mike Bentley
Martin Milner ... Lt. Mort Glenn
King Calder ... Lee Welch
Walter Coy ... Lt. Col. Dick Masters
Ken Clark ... Sgt. Ike Forbes
Donald Murphy Donald Murphy ... Sgt. Zack Deming
Barry Coe ... Communications Officer
Dan C. Ogle Dan C. Ogle ... Himself - Prologue (as Major General Dan C. Ogle)
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Storyline

Scientist is sent to investigate a faulty ejector seat, then sent into space to test it, showing an assortment of human weaknesses and strengths. Basically this is about the human predicament and drama, not space.

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Today The World Stands... See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1956 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Threshold of Space See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints) (Westrex Recording System)| Mono (optical prints) (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the second aviation movie to be filmed, in part, at Eglin Air Force Base in the Northwest Florida Panhandle - Twelve O'Clock High (1949) was the first - but the 1955 appearance in nearby Fort Walton Beach of Guy Madison never generated the same level of interest as Gregory Peck had, according to 1955 coverage in the Playground News. See more »

Goofs

When Maj. Ward Thomas is getting ready to make the sled run, the range officer says "2 minutes - on my mark, 2 minutes". At that point, the ground crew is still strapping the Major in the sled - they spend about 5 more minutes preparing the Major and the sled. Then the countdown starts at 30 seconds... See more »

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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #6.27 (1956) See more »

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This is a MUST if you have followed the space program from the begining.
14 May 2001 | by mz4392See all my reviews

I saw this film in 1959 and again in the 1970's and it reminded me how much research and testing went into the space program before John Glenn made his historic entry into space. This film is a must for younger people to see what went on before they were born and how the space program began. Stand back and look at it today and see just how far we have come in just 42 years.


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