In 1973, the first manned expedition to Mars is marooned; by the time a rescue mission arrives, there is only one survivor: the leader, Col. Edward Carruthers, who appears to have murdered the others! According to Carruthers, an unknown life form killed his comrades during a sandstorm. But the skeptical rescuers little suspect that "it" has stowed away for the voyage back to Earth...Written by
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Italian censorship visa # 29288 delivered on 20-5-1959. See more »
When Carruthers switches on the intercom to find Keinholz, he puts the switch up to talk and down to listen. Later, when the crew listens to the grenades going off, the switch is down. Yet, when Eric Royce tries to make Keinholz answer his call, he never puts the switch down. See more »
Spokesman at Press Conference:
Ladies and gentlemen of the press: As you know, the first attempt to send a spaceship to the planet Mars was made six months ago. We knew that that ship, the Challenge 141, had reached its destination, but that's all we knew. Teleradio communication with Mars ceased immediately and we were forced to assume that the ship and crew had been lost. The man in charge of this expedition was a man who had become known to the world as the first man to be shot into space, the man who ...
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This is a fun movie. The cast and especially the stars are a bit stolid and stereotyped (I'm a Marshall Thompson fan but even I will admit to his acting inadequacies), but the plot does maintain a certain level of suspense.
Ray "Crash" Corrigan does a tolerable job as the somewhat illogical monster...he's definitely not the Alien from Ridley Scott's movie...you can tell he's just a guy in a suit. He does a better job than Kim Spaulding, the commander of the rescue ship, who's one-faceted character makes Marshall Thompson seem like Olivier. Most of the supporting cast, especially Dabs Greer, come off much better. They make the most of their limited lines and actually attempt to act (at least in as much as their limited and stereotypical characters allow them too).
Think of "Alien" done in the fifties and you've got this movie...though try not to laugh at the beginning when it celebrates the first manned Martian spaceship landing in 1973.
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