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Moon Pilot (1962)

Not Rated | | Family, Comedy, Sci-Fi | 5 April 1962 (USA)
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Away on a short leave before an upcoming moon launch, a NASA astronaut disappears and is feared kidnapped when the security services learn about his friendship with a suspected foreign female spy.

Director:

James Neilson

Writers:

Maurice Tombragel (screenplay), Robert Buckner (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Tryon ... Capt. Richmond Talbot
Brian Keith ... Maj. Gen. John M. Vanneman
Edmond O'Brien ... McClosky - aka 'Mac'
Dany Saval ... Lyrae
Bob Sweeney Bob Sweeney ... Sen. Henry McGuire
Kent Smith ... Secretary of the Air Force
Tommy Kirk ... Walter Talbot
Simon Scott Simon Scott ... Medical Officer
Bert Remsen ... Agent Brown
Sarah Selby Sarah Selby ... Mrs. Celia Talbot
Dick Whittinghill ... Col. Briggs
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Storyline

An Air Force captain inadvertently volunteers to make the first manned flight around the moon. He immediately falls under the watchful protection of various security agencies, but despite all their precautions, a young woman who may be an enemy spy succeeds in making contact with the captain. The captain eventually discovers that this woman is not an enemy but rather a friend from a very unusual source. Written by dinky-4

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It's Hi-Hi-Larious!

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Family | Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kuu kiikarissa See more »

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Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Sally Field. See more »

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During the congratulatory dinner early in the movie, the food on top of Charlie's head changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Captain Richmond Talbot: You think I'd betray my country?
McClosky: Benedict Arnold did.
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The Void
Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
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Dated by its slow pacing
11 December 2000 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

While the technical aspects of this "space age" comedy from the early 1960's are understandably dated, the major problem with watching "Moon Pilot" now lies in its slow pacing. Virtually every scene runs longer than it should and the conversations within each scene are too often marked by needless pauses and languid delivery. The result is a 70-minute story that's been s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d into a 98-minute movie.

Tom Tryon seems an unusual choice for the title role. His dark, brooding, sexually-ambiguous looks would qualify him to play "Heathcliff" but "Moon Pilot" is virtually his only foray into farcical comedy. However, his innately serious quality helps him to anchor the movie more securely than would a Dick Van Dyke or a Dean Jones, but he really doesn't shine in this kind of material. His image as a juicy slab of "beefcake" remains intact, however, since even this family-oriented Disney comedy finds an excuse to strip him down to his boxer shorts in order to display his hairy chest in two separate scenes.


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