Fire Maidens from Outer Space (1956)

USA, UK,
80m
35mm film, black and white
mono, English

An American/British science fiction film directed by Cy Roth. Production began on 27 September 1955.

Plot Summary

British scientists have initiated Plan 13, an ambitious scheme to send men to the 13th moon of which, They believe, may hold life. On arrival the explorers are welcomed by the locals who initially incapacitate their ship, Then guide them to a predestined landing point. After lots of running about and rescuing damsels in distress they are told by the planet's sole male inhabitant that this is what's left of the lost city of . But there's something nasty in space-age Garden of Eden – The Creature, “the beast with the head of a man.”

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Cy Roth
Copyright MCMLVI [1956] by Saturn Films Inc
Cy Roth presents a Cy Roth production, Criterion Films Ltd/Saturn Films Inc
Associate Producer: George Fowler
Production Manager: Jack M. Martin
An original story and screenplay by Cy Roth
1st Asst Director: John Pellatt
Continuity: Renee Glynne
Lighting Cameraman: Ian Struthers
Film Editor: A.C.T. Clair
Musical Score & Dances From: Prince Igor – Borodin; Oriental Suite – Monia Liter; Challenge of Space, Grand Vista – Trevor Duncan
Westrex Recording System
Costume Designed by: Cynthia Tingey
Make-Up Artist: Roy Ashton
Hair Stylist: Bernadette Ibbetson
Production and Art Supervisor: Scott MacGregor
Produced at MGM British Studios, Boreham Wood, Elstree, Herts, England

Cast
Anthony Dexter (Luther Blair)
Susan Shaw (Hestia)
Paul Carpenter (Larson)
Jacqueline Curtis (Duessa)
Harry Fowler (Sydney Stanhope)
Sydney Tafler (Dr Higgins)
Rodney Diak (Anderson)
Maya Koumani
Owen Berry (Prasus)
Richard Walter
Norma Arnould, Syvia Burrows, Ann Elsden, Marcella Georgius, Corrine Gray, Gloria Haig, Jan Holden, Eunice Jebbett, Sonia Martin, Kim Parker, Barbara Pinney, Dinah Ann Rogers (fire maidens)

Alternative Titles

Fire Maidens of Outer Space
Space Ship
– working title
The Thirteenth Moon of Jupiter

See also
Atlantis the Lost Continent (1961)

Extracts included in
It Came from Hollywood (1982)

References

Periodicals

  • Daily Film Renter n7156 27 Jun 1956 p.7 – review
  • The Dark Side no.54 p.17 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.2551 5 July 1956 p.42 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.23 n271 August 1956 p.104 – credits, review
  • Today's Cinema v86 n7552 27 Jun 1956 p.8 – review
  • Variety 12 October 1955 – note
  • Variety 20 June 1955 – note
  • Variety 21 June 1955 – note
  • Variety 7 October 1955 – note
  • Variety 14 October 1955 – note
  • Variety 2 July 1956 – note

Books

  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.157 – credits, review
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.135 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis p.101-102 – credits
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.139 – credits
  • The Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Handbook by Alan Frank p.55 – credits, review