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Satellite in the Sky (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 21 July 1956 (USA)
The British launch the world's first orbital vehicle. Their military sends a super-bomb along, which goes wrong and threatens the crew and a stowaway.

Director:

Paul Dickson

Writers:

John Mather (screenplay), J.T. McIntosh (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kieron Moore ... Commander Michael Hayden
Lois Maxwell ... Kim Hamilton
Donald Wolfit ... Professor Merrity
Bryan Forbes ... Jimmy Wheeler
Jimmy Hanley ... Larry Noble
Barry Keegan Barry Keegan ... Lefty Blake
Donald Gray Donald Gray ... Captain Ross
Thea Gregory Thea Gregory ... Barbara Noble
Shirley Lawrence Shirley Lawrence ... Ellen
Alan Gifford ... Colonel Galloway
Walter Hudd ... Professor Blandford
Peter Neil Peter Neil ... Tony
Ryck Rydon Ryck Rydon ... Reporter (as Rick Rydon)
Ronan O'Casey ... Reporter
Robert O'Neil ... Reporter
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Storyline

A crew of astronauts, including a scientist and a reporter, launch from England into outer space on a rocket which can serve as a satellite. Their mission is to test a new tritonium bomb, but after the bomb fails to repel itself from the ship, the crew has only a matter of hours to defuse or destroy the weapon before it explodes. Written by Marty McKee <mailto:mmckee@soltec.net>

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Tumbling in their own orbits around the sun! Five men and a girl - marooned in outer space! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

21 July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aya seyahat See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Britain's first color science fiction film. See more »

Goofs

At the briefing near the start of the film, both Commander Haydon and Professor Blandford use the word "schedule", pronouncing it the American way, with an "sk" sound. Since both men are British and the film is set in Britain, they should naturally have used the British "sh" pronunciation of the word. See more »

Quotes

Kim Hamilton: Well, what if the STARDUST blows up, as she probably will?
Cmdr. Michael Haydon: Well, then we'll know... at least the designers will know... that the fuel or the design wasn't perfect.
Kim Hamilton: Some people find it impossible to be quite so impersonal, Commander. If I may be personal, I'm glad I'm not your wife.
Cmdr. Michael Haydon: And if I may be personal, so am I.
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Greatly interested me as a child
21 April 2004 | by boydcoSee all my reviews

When I was a child of about 4-5, the local Los Angeles station where we lived broadcast The Million Dollar Movie each weeknight. It was usually the same movie, night after night. On occasion, even though it was past my bedtime (much!), my mom would let me watch a movie if she felt it would hold my interest. THIS ONE DID, as I recall, and I specifically remember being able to talk her into letting me see it several times (a record, never again achieved!).

Other reviewers have given the plotline and it seems accurate, to the best of my recollection. However, regardless of how "talky" the film was, the dialog and visuals definitely made their impact, even on my fledgling brain. I have, more or less, remembered the story for 40 years. I'd like to write a script or make a film that someone else would find so memorable!

Maybe it was just that I was so young, but I remember loving this film and I would absolutely love to see it again. Maybe I'd be disappointed, maybe I'd smile at my young self, maybe I'd really like it. Who knows?


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