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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.



(screenplay) (as Robert Heinlein), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Colonel Briteis
General Greene
Major Moore
Larry Johns ...
Doctor Wernher
Herb Jacobs ...
Mr. Roundtree
Polly Prattles
Ernestine Barrier ...
Madame President
James Craven ...
Commodore Carlson
John Hedloe ...
Peter Adams ...
Captain Carmody
John Straub ...
Charles Keane ...
Spacom Operator
John Tomecko ...
Blockhouse Operator
Robert Paltz ...


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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4 September 1953 (USA)  »

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Cat Woman on the Moon  »

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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 »


When Bill is returning from setting up the relay, as he is crawling on the ground, the shadow of the spaceship leg changes position between close up and far away shots. In this same sequence, there are several shots of Col Briteis sitting frozen at the screen, evidenced by the clock second hand not moving. See more »


Col. Briteis: [after panicking over their predicament] Sorry for going female on you, Major.
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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Project Moonbase (1990) See more »

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This film switches it more than a couple of times
13 December 2016 | by (Alabama) – See all my reviews

This film is about espionage! No wait, this film is about space travel! No, back to espionage! No, now it is about survival! Um, maybe it is a bout romance? Yes, this film that was featured on the show Mystery Science Theater was all over the place and it was only like a 62 minute movie! An early film about space travel featuring space stations, super secret bad guy organizations and two astronauts who dislike each other and then learn to fall in love with each other. Yes, the film is like part Bond film, part space adventure and part romantic comedy. It kind of makes a very strange mix up of a movie, but at the same time it is impressive that they managed to merge all three genres in such a short film.

The story has an evil organization to start out with. Their plan is to find a scientist that will be sent to this space station and replace him with a look alike that can sabotage said station and take it down! Sounds right out of a Bond film doesn't it? Well, it predates every James Bond film so the people who made this one did not copy from the films, anyways. Well, a mission is going to be launched where a couple of astronauts are to fly around the moon and someone else is supposed to photo for some type of surveying mission as they want to place a base on the moon. The evil organization has its man and gets him into the mission; meanwhile, the pilot and copilot of this mission have grudges against each other, but chances are they secretly love each other as one is a female everyone calls Bright Eyes. They are on the station and you get to see lame effects before they end up stranded on the moon and this movie really moves by quick.

This was a first season episode of MST3K and I generally find that the first season episodes are the weakest, but this one is okay. Once they get past the not one, but two Commander Cody shorts that precede this film. I was so getting tired of those things by the end of that season as so many of the first episodes featured them. The portion of the film that centered on the actual movie were pretty good as it was one of the fastest moving first season episodes ever! I think it had something to do with the nature of the film, it changed up so much that it felt fresh the entire time with very few repeated jokes.

So, not a great film, but at least it moved at a very quick pace. Still cannot ignore the fact that after the one dude dies that the secret organization that seemed so important to the plot literally vanishes without a trace; however, that may be due to the fact that this was going to be a television series so perhaps they would have made their return. Then again, the thing almost seemed like a romantic comedy during the last portion so who knows what the direction they were going to go in if this thing had progressed further. I will say it did have a good plot for an adult film. Add another woman on the ship and perhaps some moon women and it would have been a wild time! I mean they were literally flying the ship from beds!

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