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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...


Robert Day


John Croydon (screenplay) (as John C. Cooper), Charles F. Vetter (screenplay) (as Lance Z. Hargreaves) | 1 more credit »
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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 Carl Jaffe ... Dr. Paul von Essen
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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)


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


First motion picture to lift the veil, forsee the future in a spectacular drama of the first man in history to be rocketed into the terrifying unknown of outer space! See more »


Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

27 February 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De eerste ruimtevaarder See more »


Box Office


£100,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Lack of oxygen in Upper Atmosphere!
27 May 1999 | by sanzarSee all my reviews

Marshall Thompson (pre - "Daktari") as Commander Chuck Prescott, toplines this modest sci-fier in earnest fashion as he agonizes over the impulsive behavior of his test pilot brother, a hotshot determined to be the "First Man Into Space". Seems brother Chuck just can't follow orders, as he exceeds the safe-altitude limit of his aircraft and is forced to abandon his mission some 300 miles up, only to find himself in the midst of a "hurricane' of meteor dust.

This mysterious meteoric material coats our spaceman with an impervious crust that leaves him looking like a petrified victim from the last days of Pompeii. Not to mention the fact that he also has an insatiable craving for blood (human, animal; any blood will do).

Space happy Chuck manages to shamble from his crash site all the way back to the aerospace lab, commandeering the odd truck & car along the way, taking a few breaks for some throat slashing & blood drinking. You see, he told his brother he would bring back all the "dope" from his test mission, so he's duty bound to get back to the base & make his report.

Having filled in the brass on what happened, Chuck keels over, dead. End of movie. Final tally: 6 or 8 people and 15 or so cows dead, authorities and service types scratching their heads in bewilderment.

The cast is pretty stiff, giving the entire film a pseudo-documentary feel. Italian love interest Marla Landi gets to talk "some Macaroni" (that's Italian, you know)and wring her hands in distress. Everyone else just looks like their in some other kind of distress.

All in all, pretty quaint, but still better than most direct-to-video sci-fi junk produced these days. Worth a look!

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