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The Lost Missile (1958)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | December 1958 (USA)
A strange missile from outer space circles the Earth at low altitudes, destroying everything in its path.


William Berke (as Lester Wm. Berke)


John McPartland (screenplay), Jerome Bixby (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Loggia ... Dr. David Loring
Ellen Parker ... Joan Wood
Phillip Pine ... Dr. Joe Freed (as Philip Pine)
Larry Kerr Larry Kerr ... General Barr
Marilee Earle ... Ella Freed
Fred Engelberg Fred Engelberg ... TV Singer (as Fred Engleberg)
Kitty Kelly ... Mama - Ella's Mother
Selmer Jackson ... Secretary of State
Hari Rhodes ... Black Man at Piano
Shirley J. Shawn Shirley J. Shawn ... Black Woman by Piano (as Shirley Shawn)
J. Anthony Hughes ... Governor of New York
Robert Busch Robert Busch
Jack Holland Jack Holland ... Harold
John McNamara John McNamara ... Civil Aeronautics Board Officer
Mike Steele Mike Steele


The appearance of an unknown "missile-like" object in nearby space leads a European nation to fire a rocket at it. Though the rocket intercepts the unidentified object, the explosion only diverts the missile into an orbit around the Earth. Racing five miles above the earth, its passage causes widespread devastation of the land below.

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Release Date:

December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das rote Telefon... Alarm! See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Dr. David Loring: There must be at least two million children in New York. I wonder how many will get out alive.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits shown over a missile flying through a group of stars. See more »


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good sci-fi
11 September 2003 | by donsimoSee all my reviews

This may be THE sleeper sci-fi film of the 50s. Very imaginative story--plausible & with adult storytelling/writing. Loggia was great. I did find a VHS copy on ebay a few years ago and the story held up very well! And that alien missile looks like it was designed by Giger! ("Alien")

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