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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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The concept of the atomic-powered cruise missile doomsday weapon was similar to that of the U.S. Air Force's Supersonic Low Altitude Missile, which was under development at the time. See more »


When the scientist's wife has her baby, a neighbor announces it's a very healthy boy but the baby is never heard crying at any time. See more »


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

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atomic doom - from space yet!
1 April 2004 | by march9hareSee all my reviews

Released (some would say "escaped") in 1958, "The Lost Missile" is, de- spite it's many flaws and shortcomings, a fairly interesting tale about a wild missile, apparently of extraterrestrial origin, loose in the Earth's atmosphere and frying everything underneath it with a million-degree exhaust. The biggest problem with this film really isn't the film's fault: it suffers from being rather too ambitious for its budget. While this is true of many fifties sci-fi films, this is not to say that there are other flaws which cannot be so easily dismissed' to wit: the acting. Robert Loggia plays Dr. David Loring, the tragic hero, and turns in a performance that is played with such lethargy and apparent disinterest that it makes you wonder if he was wondering "what was I thinking?" The rest of the cast play their parts like second- or even third-string summer stock. Oh, yeah: there's also the cliche'd frazzeled scientist ("My wife's having a baby, and I can't be with her!!"), lots and lots of stock Dept. of Defense shots of scrambling fighters, and some surprisingly good effects rendered by then-Master

of the Art Jack Glass. By far, the most hilarious performance is rendered by the Governor's aide. This guy looks like he just found out that his wife is cheating, his single daughter is pregnant, his son has the clap, he has prostate cancer, the car needs a new tranny, and the bank is foreclosing on his mortgage. . .all at the same time!!! Coming in a close second is the TV singer. This guy couldn't carry a tune in a semi! Seriously though, while "The Lost Missile" may not be a great film, it isn't quite a bad one, either. It's fast-paced and does hold your interest, which is more than I can say for "Phantom From Space". That one.. .OY!!

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