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Queen of Outer Space (1958)

American astronauts are drawn by a mysterious force to the planet Venus, which they find to be inhabited only by beautiful women and their despotic queen.

Director:

Edward Bernds

Writers:

Charles Beaumont (screenplay), Ben Hecht (story "Queen of the Universe")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Talleah
Eric Fleming ... Capt. Neal Patterson
Dave Willock ... Lt. Mike Cruze
Laurie Mitchell ... Queen Yllana
Lisa Davis ... Motiya
Paul Birch ... Prof. Konrad
Patrick Waltz ... Lt. Larry Turner
Barbara Darrow ... Kaeel
Marilyn Buferd ... Odeena
Mary Ford Mary Ford ... Venusian Girl
Marya Stevens Marya Stevens ... Venusian Girl
Laura Mason Laura Mason ... Venusian Girl
Lynn Cartwright ... Venusian Girl
Kathy Marlowe Kathy Marlowe ... Venusian Girl
Coleen Drake Coleen Drake ... Venusian Girl
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Storyline

En route to Earth's orbiting space station, a spaceship with four men aboard is attacked and they awaken after their spaceship crash lands. One of them, Professor Konrad, determines they have landed on Venus, a planet scientists had believed to be uninhabitable. They are taken prisoner by the inhabitants, all beautiful women, who imprisoned the men and took control of the planet. Their masked Queen, Yllana, has plans to destroy the Earth with their beta disintegrator but there is dissent among them led by the beautiful Talleah. Written by garykmcd

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Mankind's first fantastic flight to Venus - the female planet! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Queen of the Universe See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the models, sets, and special effects are taken from World Without End (1956). See more »

Goofs

Professor Konrad mentions that the rocket is powered by liquid oxygen fuel, yet a point is made to show that the ship travels at least as fast as 100 miles per second, or 360,000 miles per hour. No known chemical propulsion system could accommodate such speeds. (By contrast, Apollo astronauts traveled to the moon at speeds of around 24,000 miles per hour.) See more »

Quotes

Prof. Konrad: I watched her. Believe me, Captain Patterson, she only had eyes for you.
Lt. Mike Cruze: That's it! Maybe Yllana has more on her mind besides military information. Neal, why don't you give her the ole romance bit? You know, give her that black magic.
Capt. Neal Patterson: Queen Yllana?
Lt. Larry Turner: She's a woman, isn't she!
Prof. Konrad: Yes, remember the legend of Achilles heel. No one, man or woman, is completely invulnerable.
Lt. Larry Turner: Now, listen, Skipper, maybe I'm the fella that oughta have all this romantic razzamatazz.
Capt. Neal Patterson: Sorry. I don't think Yllana's your type.
Lt. Larry Turner: ...
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The Cheesecake from Venus!
2 March 2002 | by Bruce_CookSee all my reviews

The infamous so-bad-it's-good space opera from director Edward Bernds, the man who gave us several of the `Three Stooges' movies. Zsa Zsa Gabor (a former `Miss Hungary') plays one of the Venusian women who defies the evil Queen of Venus (Lauren Mitchell) and falls in love with one of the four Earth men who lands on their planet. The queen hates all males because her face (which she hides behind a mask) was scarred in a war the women once fought against the now-extinct Venusian men (an idea perhaps borrowed from `Abbott and Costello Go to Mars').

The captive Earth astronauts go nuts over the sexy dames, all of whom look just fine in their futuristic miniskirts. The mission commander is Eric Fleming (`Rawhide' and `The Conquest of Space'), and one of the crewmen is Paul Birch (`Not of this Earth').

The best thing you can say about this movie is that it gives the audience a look at numerous props from more worthy 1950s science fiction movies: the astronauts' uniforms and the Venusian women's outfits are all borrowed from `Forbidden Planet' (along with a few blasters). The spaceship is from `Flight to Mars' (from a design originally submitted but rejected for the `Destination Moon' rocket). The sets and monster spider are from `World Without End' (the latter of which was also directed by Bernds, though it's a much better movie).

Amazingly enough, it was filmed in color and CinemaScope, one of the few 1950s sci-fi films that can claim this honor. In 1987 it was beautifully spoofed in `Amazon Women on the Moon', right down to the borrowed `Forbidden Planet' uniforms (recreated for that film).


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