First Man into Space (1959)

First Man into Space (1959)

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An astronaut becomes possessed by an extraterrestrial parasite, and, on his return to Earth, turns into a violent killer in order to provide the creature with human blood. This British sci-fi film centers on the attempts of the astronaut's brother to defeat the parasite and stop the bloody rampage.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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In Theaters:
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Studio:
MGM

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Cast

Marshall Thompson
as Cmdr. C.E. Prescott
Marla Landi
as Tia Francesca
Bill Edwards
as Lt. Dan Prescott
Robert Ayres
as Capt. Ben Richards
Bill Nagy
as Wilson
Carl Jaffe
as Dr. Paul von Essen
Roger Delgado
as Mexican Consul
John McLaren
as State Dept. Official
Richard Shaw
as Witney
Bill Nick
as Clancy
Michael Patrick Bell
as State Trooper
Chuck Keyser
as Control Room Official
John Fabian
as Control Room Official
Spencer Teakle
as Control Room Official
Michael Bell
as State Trooper
Helen Forrest
as Secretary
Roland Brand
as Truck Driver
Barry Shawzin
as Mexican Farmer
Marc Sheldon
as Doctor
Larry Taylor
as Shore Patrolman
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Critic Reviews for First Man into Space

All Critics (4)

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Full Review… | April 15, 2009
Movie Metropolis

The acting is also about as stiff as Sergeant Friday, the special effects aren't much better than the old Flash Gordon serials, and the lines have all the realism and profundity of a fortune cookie.

July 28, 2007
Reel.com

Space Age hardware footage (including cockpit shots of Chuck Yeager) meets rampaging space-mutant theatrics.

Full Review… | March 5, 2007
DVDJournal.com

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Full Review… | January 26, 2007
Q Network Film Desk

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September 24, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Outer space chills and creeps, pretty dated.

January 5, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for First Man into Space

½

One of the truly great things about early science fiction films is that there was no lack of creativity and curiosity when it came to the science. Some films may seem laughable by today's standards, but just as many have incorporated timeless elements that make them enjoyable no matter what. This is one such a film. Considering the premise, it's not hard to imagine what happens; an astronaut goes into space and comes back a frightening monster. The film is unpretentious in this ambition; clearly, no one cared that they couldn't show the extreme violence the creature would be capable of, they don't stretch the runtime to include a romantic subplot, and they include the always-welcome cautionary message about striving for discovery without diligence. Most of the acting is passable, and even if the creature is fairly basic, he still manages to look ghastly, an impressive feat for a movie made over 60 years ago. Spare me the criticisms about the accuracy of the science writing; it's called science FICTION for a reason.

Bryan Way
Bryan Way

There's no glossing over the film's shortcomings. The effects are cheap, the science is preposterous, the dialogue is bad, and Marshall Thompson is a poor man's Sterling Hayden. But it's ridiculous fun perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. The shorter a movie is, the more forgiving I tend to be. Predictable, yes, but in a comforting way. The cinematography is also much better than one would expect.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller
½

Awesome B-Movie science fiction that imagines space travel only a few years before it would actually happen. The science in the film is at times laughable, but this is a really fun film despite its somewhat ludicrous premise and its awful monster costume.

Al Miller
Al Miller

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