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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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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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with the STRATO-FLYERS of the U.S. AIR FORCE! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1956 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Testpiloten 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

Guy Madison's normally hairy chest was completely shaved for his two "beefcake" scenes with co-star Virginia Leith. 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 »

Connections

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

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Fascinating and cerebral
14 March 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I assume this film won't appeal to everyone. It's a bit cerebral and a bit slow, but a very important movie historically. The title of the film refers to the experiments that made even the consideration of space travel possible. In other words, the film is NOT about early rockets or the space program, but experiments on the suitability of humans for the harsh demands this or ultra-high speed planes would put on their bodies. Two particular scientific programs run by the air force are featured here--high speed rocket sled trials as well as super high-altitude balloon flights combined with insanely dangerous parachute drops from as high at 100,000 feet! For folks like me who are fascinated by airplanes and space travel, this film is a must-see. And, instead of the typical science fiction film of the day, this is all based on scientific fact--feats that even today seem extraordinary. What I particularly liked, other than the story, is that the film did NOT rely on grainy stock footage--everything looked very real. And, on top of that, the acting and direction were excellent.

While teens and kids might not sit still for this sort of film, try to get them to. It's highly educational and makes you really appreciate these men and their brave deeds.


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