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Stowaway to the Moon (1975)

An 11 year old boy, who has always been fascinated by space and astronauts, wishes he could go into space also. So of course it should be easy to get into Cape Kennedy, up the launch tower,... See full summary »


Andrew V. McLaglen


Jon Boothe, William R. Shelton (novel)




Complete credited cast:
Lloyd Bridges ... Charlie Englehardt
Jeremy Slate ... Astronaut Captain Rick Lawrence
Jim McMullan ... Astronaut Ben Pelham
Morgan Paull ... Astronaut Dave Anderson
Michael Link Michael Link ... Eli 'E.J.' Mackernutt Jr.
John Carradine ... Jacob Avril
Jack Callahan Jack Callahan ... Dr. Jack Smathers
Charles Conrad Charles Conrad ... Himself (as Charles 'Pete' Conrad Jr.)
Walter Brooke ... Whitehead
Keene Curtis ... Tom Estes
Edward Faulkner ... Eli Mackernutt Sr.
Jon Cedar ... Hans Hartman
Barbara Faulkner Barbara Faulkner ... Mrs. Mary Mackernutt
Stephen Rogers Stephen Rogers ... Joey Williams


An 11 year old boy, who has always been fascinated by space and astronauts, wishes he could go into space also. So of course it should be easy to get into Cape Kennedy, up the launch tower, and into the capsule. Naturally when something goes wrong on the journey, he will save the day. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Family | Sci-Fi







Release Date:

10 January 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abenteuer im Weltraum See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


After Rocketship X-M (1950), this is Lloyd Bridges's second film featuring a manned mission to the Moon. See more »


The kid would have died from suffocation before launch. The only means of carbon dioxide removal was with the Suit Circulation Loop, within which the three astronauts were fully sealed. With all suits sealed, and the "CABIN AIR RECIRC" Valve CLOSED (per checklist), the kid would have suffered the same fate as if trapped in an old refrigerator. See more »

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Lloyd Bridges and John Carradine
18 July 2017 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Stowaway to the Moon" was broadcast 5 1/2 years after the first lunar landing in 1969 (only two years after the last), and no doubt symbolized the fascination with space in the hearts of young viewers. Based on a 1973 novel by William R. Shelton, and apparently quite faithful to its fictitious source, about 11 year old E.J. Mackernutt (Michael Link) successfully sneaking past NASA security at Cape Kennedy to hide in the trash compartment of the Camelot rocket due to take off in a few hours. Inspired by the fishing and honey making expertise of old Jacob Avril (John Carradine), whose home adjoins the launch site, the already incisive boy uses his knowledge and acumen to assist the trio of astronauts once they're on their way to the moon for rock samples. As one might expect, unexpected mishaps always play out to a satisfactory conclusion, predictable yet never less than entertaining. The passage of time can't help but make this well played adventure a bit naïve, kind of a child's version of the 1950 "Destination Moon," itself passe after just two decades. The presence of top billed Lloyd Bridges, from the rival production that beat the original moon film to theaters in 1950, "Rocketship X-M" (forced to use Mars as their destination), is a welcome bonus, fretting over things at Houston while an 11 year old boy earns plaudits out in space. The rushed climax makes everything look like it may have been a dream all along, but for viewers of any age it's a relic of a bygone era when the familiar lunar stock footage was still relatively new, with real life astronaut Charles 'Pete' Conrad doing the commentary.

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