Don Knotts is Roy Fleming, a small town kiddie-ride operator who is deathly afraid of heights. After learning that his father has signed him up for the space program, Roy reluctantly heads for Houston, only to find out upon arriving that his job is a janitor, not an astronaut. Anxious to live up to the expectations of his domineering father, Roy manages to keep up a facade of being an astronaut to his family and friends. When NASA decides to launch a lay person into space to prove the worthiness of a new automated spacecraft, Roy gets the chance to confront his fears. Written by
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He's an ASTRO-KNOTT turned ASTRONAUT in the Maddest Mixup in Space History!!
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15 April 1968 (Denmark)
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(Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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The film was set for release shortly after the Apollo 1 fire which took the lives of 3 astronauts, which raised questions about the appropriateness of releasing a space themed comedy film so close to the tragedy. See more
When Roy is giving his father and his friends a tour of the space center, he becomes trapped in a capsule. While looking for a handle to help extricate Roy, his father brushes his arm against the capsule window, damaging it (it appears to be made out of crepe paper at this point). Immediately after, Roy punches the window out from the inside; a freeze-frame shows the damage is gone just before the window breaks. See more
[as Mr. Spaceman, operating the Rocket Ride
We are now passing over the Hawaiian Islands. Our flight plan will carry us to the recovery area 100 miles southeast of the Bahamas. We are starting our retro-rocket countdown: five, four, three, two, one, firing retro rockets!
[presses button making rocket sound
We will be touching down in twenty minutes.
I have to go to the bathroom.
We have just touched down!
Featured in 100 Years of Comedy
Music by Joseph Gershenson
Lyrics by James Fritzell
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