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Destination Space (1959)

From space pioneers to modernday missions, it's a thrilling look at man's quest to conquer space.


Joseph Pevney


Alford Van Ronkel (as Rip Van Ronkel)

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Complete credited cast:
Harry Townes ... Jim Benedict
John Agar ... Col. Matthews
Charles Aidman ... Dave
Whitney Blake ... June
Cecil Kellaway ... Dr. A.A. Andrews
William Traylor William Traylor ... Space Ship Crew
Gail Kobe ... Kim
Edward Platt ... Dr. Easton (as Edward C. Platt)
John Clarke John Clarke ... Space Ship Crew
Joel Lawrence Joel Lawrence ... Space Ship Crew
Jon Lormer ... Prof. Logan
Robert Cornthwaite ... Sen. Royce


Destination Space is a terrific, slickly produced space opera with Agar and Towne in charge of a giant space station. During an attempted rocket launch, a meteor smashes into the station, crippling it! Later it's discovered that an overload within the rocket will cause a nuclear explosion-within minutes! HIGHLY recommended. 16mm. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Joseph Pevney would direct some of what many consider the best "Star Trek" (1966) episodes, including "Arena" and "Devil in the Dark". He would also be responsible for casting a young Walter Koenig (I) as Ensign Chekov. See more »


Edited from Conquest of Space (1955) See more »

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Slower than it should have been, but it would have been an interesting series....
18 October 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Destination Space" was a pilot for a series that networks declined to accept. I can understand why--this show was a bit talky and slow (which to some degree is necessary for a first show). I think more action and less talk might have resulted in the show being given the green light.

When the show begin, there's an accident aboard the space station orbiting the Earth in this sci-fi show set in the near future. A bombastic congressman takes advantage of this and the leader of the project (Harry Townes) has to go to Washington to defend his program and the high costs. Later, the action finally goes to the station and a space launch from this station is about to occur--presumably to be followed up in subsequent episodes. But there's nuclear explosion to contend with first...

When you see this today, the special effects look crappy. But for 1959, they're actually pretty good. I also appreciate that this is not a distant sci-fi show with bug-eyed monsters but a look at where folks back in '59 thought we might be in the next decades Not a great pilot but one that makes you wonder how the show might have progressed.

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