The Moon belongs to all of Earth, so a scientific mission is put together to send 12 scientists from different nations to the Moon. What you say? They have no faceplates in the photo? Quite true. They briefly explained a new technology would protect their faces. How could you not guess? I wonder why the same technology can’t protect their bodies, but it’d be ridiculous to have them tromp around the Moon without spacesuits.
What? Lawn chairs as the spaceship chairs? Bolting them to the wall makes them more realistic as space chairs, though. Honest.
We used to have chairs just like those on our patio in those lovely shades of yellow and green so popular in the 1970s. I have to say, those chairs were rather sweaty. I suppose that’s beside the point. On with the story!
- Director: David Bradley
- Writers: Fred Gebhardt (story), DeWitt Bodeen (screenplay)
- Stars: Ken Clark, Michi Kobi, Tom Conway
A lot of time, really too much – but movies back then are rather infamous for this – in preparing to launch the ship; watching the scientists put on helmets and lay down on their lawn chairs. Then not much happened for awhile, except for a meteor cluster that looked like an attack of cereal. It made me nostalgic for Corn Pops and Saturday morning cartoons.
Finally, we get to the moon. The scientists are accompanied by two cats, two monkeys, and a cocker spaniel. Don’t leave the planet without your pets!
The scientists leave the ship, all 12 of them at once, to plant their Earth-in-harmony flag. Isn’t it an awesome flag? They obviously spent a lot of time making it. I’m not sure I get the message on it. Do you? After that not-so-exciting drama, they go exploring.
One couple goes in search of air and life. They find flaming mushrooms and… air! Their scientific machine detects oxygen, so they immediately rip off their helmets and make out rather furiously. Isn’t that what you would do if you found a pocket of breathable air on the Moon? The lusty couple is lured deeper into the cave by mysterious Moon aliens and disappear.
Meanwhile, the other scientists have some fun blowing up moon rocks. One scientist is scalded by liquid rock. He was stupid enough to hold his hands under the stream, which was smoking. I don’t think he was a very good scientist.
Another scientist gets trapped in a pool of moon ash and drowns. There was some very, very dramatic hand acting going on. Made me wonder if he was later cast as Thing in the Addams Family. Also made me think of Friends and that time Joey was cast as a butt double and then fired for overacting with his butt.
The main group finally notices the two love birds are missing and follows their tracks into the cave. The cave ends at a wall of ice and there’s no sign of the missing scientists other than their discarded helmets. Oh no!
The crew returns to their ship where the Moon aliens send a message. The humans are to leave at once so as not to contaminate the Moon’s citizens. The Moon aliens are keeping the two lovers to study love, and they’d like the humans to leave the cats. So they do leave Mimi and Aldofo behind. I guess Mimi and Aldofo became Moon cats or ambassadors or something.
Anyway, the scientists return to Earth only to find it in a deep freeze. Even the atmosphere is frozen. They send their ‘space taxi’ to the rescue with a bomb. But it doesn’t work. They freeze in space. All seems doomed… until the Moon aliens send another message. Love and cats save the day, and there is hope for future relations with the Moon aliens. Hurray!
Last line: “Prepare for landing.”
That was quite a recap, huh? Despite the slowness, I did rather enjoy the movie. The story was good and there were great twists. It just wasn’t the best execution. Well, it was the late 1950s. For not having been to the moon yet, I thought they did a fair job at imagining what it looked like. I think if this movie was remade now, it’d kind of rock. I bet they’d even show the Moon aliens in a modern version.
Not a bad watch. Beer, however, is recommended. I give this movie a two beer rating despite no singing or dancing. It did drag a bit, but not as badly as some made in this same time period. It made me laugh several times.
Next week, I’ll have my recap of Sharknado 6!