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Director  Richard E. Cunha
Cinematography  Meredith Merle Nicholson
Country  United States
3.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Sci-Fi
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Language  English
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Release date  1958 (1958)
Writer  H.E. Barrie (screenplay), Vincent Fotre (screenplay)
Genres  Science Fiction, Black-and-white, Adventure Film
Cast  Richard Travis (Steve Dayton), Cathy Downs (June Saxton), K. T. Stevens (The Lido), Tommy Cook (Gene Fennell), Nina Bara (Alpha), Gary Clarke (Lon)
Similar movies  Interstellar, The Martian, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Avatar, Project Shadowchaser II, Elysium
Tagline  Lunar She-Devils Lure Earthmen Into Their Lair of Doom!

Missile to the Moon is an independently made 1958 American black-and-white science fiction film, produced by Marc Frederic, directed by Richard E. Cunha, that stars Richard Travis, Cathy Downs, and K.T. Stevens. The film was theatrically released on a double bill with Cunha's Frankenstein's Daughter. Missile to the Moon was distributed by Astor Pictures and is a remake of another Astor Pictures-distributed film, 1953's Cat-Women of the Moon.

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A spaceship blasts off from Earth with five aboard, but one of them is secretly a Moon man returning home. He dies by accident during the trip to Luna. What the remaining four find waiting for them when they arrive on the Moon is well beyond their expectations: huge rock creatures, giant lunar spiders, and a civilization made up of beautiful women.

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Plot

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Two escaped convicts, Gary (Tommy Cook) and Lon (Gary Clarke), are discovered hiding aboard a rocket by scientist Dirk Green (Michael Whalen), who then forces them to pilot the spaceship to the Moon. Dirk, who is secretly a Moon man, wants to return home.

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Dirk's partner Steve Dayton (Richard Travis) and Steve's fiancée June (Cathy Downs) are accidentally trapped aboard just before the rocketship blasts off from Earth.

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Moon man Dirk is later accidentally killed in a meteor storm during the lunar trip. Once they land on the Moon, the spaceship's reluctant crew encounter deception and intrigue when they discover an underground kingdom made up of beautiful women and their sinister female ruler, The Lido (K. T. Stevens).

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While on the Moon, they encounter surface-dwelling, slow-moving, bi-pedal rock creatures that try to kill them, and must contend with a cave-dwelling giant spider.

Production

Missile to the Moon is an even lower-budget remake of 1953's low-budget Cat-Women of the Moon and closely follows the plot details of the earlier film. That film offered 3D as its big attraction, but its male characters were all middle-aged. The 1958 remake opted to better appeal to a teenage audience by adding a pair of youthful escaped convicts, one a good kid who had made a mistake, the other an incorrigible crook, and providing them with lunar love interests in due course. In the 1953 film the bit players portraying the minor Moon maidens are described as "Hollywood cover girls"; in the remake, they are credited as "international beauty contest winners".

The lunar landscape used in the film is Vasquez Rocks, a popular television and feature film shooting location near Los Angeles. A red camera filter was used to make the blue sky photograph very dark on the black-and-white film, but the result is still far from the ideal starry black. Bits of scrubby vegetation can be seen in the background of some shots. No attempt is made to convince the viewer that the Moon is an airless void where humans would weigh one-sixth their normal Earth weight. When one of the space-suited astronauts is forced into direct sunlight, unshielded from its intensity, he bursts into flames, despite the lack of an external oxygen atmosphere; in seconds he is reduced to a skeleton.

The large, slow-moving rock creatures have a passing resemblance to the shape of Gumby, the popular stop motion clay animation children's television character introduced in 1955.

The giant spider is wire-controlled from above; it is exactly the same prop spider used five years earlier in Cat-Women of the Moon.

Nina Bara, who plays the evil, scheming, back-stabbing Alpha, was familiar to genre audiences from her role as Tonga in the 1950–1955 Space Patrol television series. Popular 60's/70's TV & Movie costar Leslie Parrish also appears, billed under her real name Marjorie Hellen

Reception

Film historians Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester noted that the film was "... (a) low-budget, scientifically inaccurate hoot ..."

Film reviewer Glenn Erickson commented that "... 'Missile to the Moon' is nobody's idea of a good movie ... a hoot, a real knee-slapper, born MST3K material ... how can the worst space movie ever made, be the worst space movie ever made, if it's such a delight?"

References

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