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The Lost Missile (1958)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | December 1958 (USA)
A strange missile from outer space circles the Earth at low altitudes, destroying everything in its path.

Director:

William Berke (as Lester Wm. Berke)

Writers:

John McPartland (screenplay), Jerome Bixby (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Loggia ... Dr. David Loring
Ellen Parker ... Joan Wood
Phillip Pine ... Dr. Joe Freed (as Philip Pine)
Larry Kerr Larry Kerr ... General Barr
Marilee Earle ... Ella Freed
Fred Engelberg Fred Engelberg ... TV Singer (as Fred Engleberg)
Kitty Kelly ... Mama - Ella's Mother
Selmer Jackson ... Secretary of State
Hari Rhodes ... Black Man at Piano
Shirley J. Shawn Shirley J. Shawn ... Black Woman by Piano (as Shirley Shawn)
J. Anthony Hughes ... Governor of New York
Robert Busch Robert Busch
Jack Holland Jack Holland ... Harold
John McNamara John McNamara ... Civil Aeronautics Board Officer
Mike Steele Mike Steele
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Storyline

The appearance of an unknown "missile-like" object in nearby space leads a European nation to fire a rocket at it. Though the rocket intercepts the unidentified object, the explosion only diverts the missile into an orbit around the Earth. Racing five miles above the earth, its passage causes widespread devastation of the land below.

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The Thing That Came from Outer Hell...To Burn the World Alive! See more »

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Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das rote Telefon... Alarm! See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A low-budget film that relied heavily on stock footage of military forces and civil defense exercises, it carried a Cold War-era message of the importance of the work done by scientists and the military in protecting the nation from external threats. See more »

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When American jets start their engines, the sound of propellers can be heard revving up, not jet engines. See more »

Quotes

Dr. David Loring: There must be at least two million children in New York. I wonder how many will get out alive.
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Opening credits shown over a missile flying through a group of stars. See more »

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A classic from the '50s
18 April 2009 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

When I saw it as a kid, I didn't understand the premise of the story, and as an adult, I still have problem with the premise that a runaway missile from space starts to circle around the earth by sheer chance. I guess that's what makes this movie one of a kind. If you go beyond the incredible coincidence that this missile just happened to find earth and randomly started killing its inhabitants, the movie is pretty good sci-fi from the '50s. They try to make things look factual by using stock military footage, and use pseudonym of actual existing institution like Havenbrook (which is an obvious reference to Brookhaven National Laboratory).

The scary part of the movie is the glow you see over the horizon as the missile approaches, and the sound it makes. The movie is somewhat leaning towards horror genre in this respect, and what happens to the main protagonist as he attempts to stop the runaway missile. If you've seen this movie once, you'll never forget it - which makes this movie one of the sci-fi classics from the '50s.

If you can find it (as it's getting easier with so many posting of old movies on the internet), this movie is worth a glance.


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