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Project Moonbase

Entry updated 9 February 2017. Tagged: Film.

Film (1953). Galaxy Pictures/Lippert. Directed by Richard Talmadge. Written by Robert A Heinlein, Jack Seaman. Cast includes Ross Ford, Larry Johns, Donna Martell and Hayden Rorke. 63 minutes, cut to 51 minutes. Black and white.

This rarely seen film is of interest mainly because Heinlein worked on the screenplay. A three-strong expedition takes off from a Space Station orbiting Earth to select a site for a Moonbase from lunar orbit, but their rocket crashlands on the Moon. One of the three – a foreign spy (Johns) – subsequently dies and the others, a man (Ford) and the woman team leader, coyly named Colonel Breiteis (Martell), though doomed, are married via television by the President of the USA (who, in a typical Heinlein touch, is also a woman). The ambitious idea, with its confident taking for granted of future Technology, is undermined by melodramatics, poor performances, and sets designed for television, this being the theatrical release of an unsold pilot for a projected television series, «Ring Around the Moon». [JB]


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