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Project Moon Base (1953)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 4 September 1953 (USA)
A saboteur posing as a scientist strives to destroy the world's first space station.

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Doctor Wernher
Herb Jacobs ...
Mr. Roundtree
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Polly Prattles
Ernestine Barrier ...
Madame President
James Craven ...
Commodore Carlson
John Hedloe ...
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Peter Adams ...
Captain Carmody
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Sam
John Straub ...
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Charles Keane ...
Spacom Operator
John Tomecko ...
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Robert Paltz ...
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In the not-too-distant future of 1970, the United States is considering building bases on the Moon, and send a female colonel and two men to investigate. One of the men turns out to be a foreign spy, and the entire operation--and the future of the free world--is in danger. Written by Marty McKee <mailto:mmckee@wkio.com>

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Cat Woman on the Moon  »

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Trivia

This was initially intended as a pilot film for a TV series to be called "Ring Around the Moon". When science-fiction movies suddenly became popular, producer Jack Seaman added enough footage to the film to bring it up to feature length. This was done without the knowledge of writer Robert A. Heinlein, and he disowned the result. See more »

Goofs

When the commander switches between four outside views on the ship's main view screen, the clock in the upper left corner makes a jump each time the view changes. This shows that the 'instantaneous' cut from one camera to another actually took a while each time to set up -- probably a couple of stage hands had to change the background painting behind the big hole in the set wall. (Only applies to the second hand -- the hour and minute hands never move at all.) See more »

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Gen. 'Pappy' Greene: Colonel, I'm sending Major Moore as your co-pilot.
Col. Briteis: Bill Moore? Oh no General, you can't!
Gen. 'Pappy' Greene: And why not?
Col. Briteis: The big lug hates me, he's jealous of me.
Gen. 'Pappy' Greene: Now you listen to me, 'Brighteyes'...
Col. Briteis: "Bright-ice", if you please...
Gen. 'Pappy' Greene: Shut up BrightEYES, and listen to me! Major Moore is the best pilot we've got, better than you are!
Col. Briteis: But, I don't understand why you...
Gen. 'Pappy' Greene: PIPE DOWN! If he weighed 90 pounds instead of 180, he'd be a Colonel and a public hero and you'd still be a Captain. But you got the orbiting flight, ...
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Referenced in Cat-Women of the Moon (1953) See more »

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Enjoyable obscure 50's sci fi
21 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Project Moonbase was a pilot for a planned TV series but that never happened. It is a rather obscure movie but at least it has been released on VHS and DVD in the States. A mate of mine did me a copy of his DVD.

The United States is considering building is considering building bases on the Moon and an expedition consisting of a man and women plus a scientist, unaware he is actually a Russian spy is sent there to look at possible sites. After being found out, they land on the Moon and he is made to help to put up a radio mast, but is killed towards the end. The man and woman then get married while on the Moon by one of the controllers back on Earth and their new base becomes known as Moonbase 1. The President then speaks to them, who is female.

The movie's score is rather eerie and the cast is mostly made up of unknowns, led by Hayden Rorke and Donna Martell. Their uniforms are certainly unusual: tee shirt and shorts and funny hats!

This movie is worth looking at if you get the chance. A good way of spending an hour one evening.

Rating: 3 and a half stars out of 5.


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