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First Man Into Space (1959)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 27 February 1959 (USA)
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The first pilot to leave Earth's atmosphere lands, then vanishes; but something with a craving for blood prowls the countryside...

Director:

Robert Day

Writers:

John Croydon (screenplay) (as John C. Cooper), Charles F. Vetter (screenplay) (as Lance Z. Hargreaves) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marshall Thompson ... Cmdr. Charles Ernest Prescott
Marla Landi ... Tia Francesca
Bill Edwards ... Lt. Dan Milton Prescott
Robert Ayres ... Capt. Ben Richards
Bill Nagy ... Police Chief Wilson
Carl Jaffe ... Dr. Paul von Essen
Roger Delgado ... Mexican Consul - Ramon de Guerrera
John McLaren John McLaren ... State Dept. Official, Harold Atkins
Spencer Teakle Spencer Teakle ... Ratings Control Room
Chuck Keyser Chuck Keyser ... Ratings Control Room
John Fabian John Fabian ... Ratings Control Room
Richard Shaw Richard Shaw ... Witney
Bill Nick Bill Nick ... Clancy (as William R. Nick)
Helen Forrest Helen Forrest ... Secretary (as Helen Forest)
Roland Brand Roland Brand ... Truck Driver (as Rowland Brand)
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Storyline

Navy test pilot Lieut. Dan Prescott, in experimental rocket plane Y-13, disobeys orders and becomes the first man to fly outside the ionosphere. Unable to turn, he ejects...and is plastered with metallic meteor dust. The pilot compartment lands with no trace of the pilot... but first cattle, then people, are found with their throats cut as if with an axe, by something that seems to have a craving for blood... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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It leaps out of the headlines! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Bill Edwards' voice is dubbed. See more »

Goofs

The truck driver killed and thrown out of his truck by Lt. Prescott (now a blood-sucking monster) can clearly be seen breathing deeply while lying on the ground. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Paul von Essen: The conquest of new worlds always makes demands of human life. And there will always be men who will accept the risk.
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Connections

Referenced in Libel (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Fever
(uncredited)
Music by Ronald Binge and Leslie Vinall
Josef Weinberger Ltd
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Little bit slow, but watchable sci-fi B movie.
8 February 2020 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

Bill Edwards is the young, headstrong pilot "Dan Prescott" on an experimental team that includes his elder brother Marshall Thompson and Carl Jaffe as the somewhat earnest professor. Their mission - to fly as high as they can. Edwards pushes his luck as he goes over 250 miles up and when his rocket crash lands there is no sign of him, just of lots of slaughtered animals, then people... The storyline is pretty predictable, though the ending is a little more creative than you might expect. The budget might buy a round of coffees in Starbucks these days, so don't expect too much on that front; and to be honest it takes quite a long time to get into it's stride - maybe could have been a bit shorter. Enjoyable enough, though, if you like the genre and remember it is over 60 years old now.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

First Man Into Space See more »

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Budget:

GBP100,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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