Film (1953). Hammer/Exclusive. Directed by Terence Fisher. Written by Paul Tabori, Richard Landau, based on a 1952 radio play by Charles Eric Maine. Cast includes Eva Bartok, Howard Duff, Andrew Osborn and Alan Wheatley. 76 minutes. Black and white.
In this first UK space movie since Things to Come (1936) a Scientist falsely suspected of murdering his wife and placing her body in a satellite takes a space trip to establish his innocence. This is an early, low-budget Hammer melodrama of indifferent quality. Maine's novel Spaceways: A Story of the Very Near Future (1953; vt Spaceways Satellite 1958), also based on the radio play, appeared the same year as the film. [JB/PN]
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