First Man into Space (1958)

UK, 1958
77m
35mm film, black and white
mono, English

A British science fiction film directed by Robert Day.

Plot Summary

Navy test pilot Dan Prescott disobeys orders and flies his experimental rocket plane into space. When the plane goes out of control, he is forced to eject and is exposed to a strange meteor dust. Prescott then vanishes, and soon both cattle and humans are turning up horribly mutilated…

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Robert Day
© MCMLVIII [1958] by Amalgamated Productions Inc.
An Amalgamated production
Executive Producer: Richard Gordon *
Produced by: John Croydon and Charles Vetter Jr
Production Manager: George Mills
Screenplay by: John C. Cooper and Lance Z. Hargreaves
Original Story by: Wyott Ordung
Assistant Director: Stanley Goulder
Continuity: Kay Rawlings
Director of Photography: Geoffrey Faithfull
Camera Operator: Frank Drake
Editor: Peter Mayhew
Music Composed and Conducted by: Buxton Orr
Sound Recording: Terence Cotter
Sound Editor: Peter Musgrave
Electronic Effects by: Sound Drama
Westrex Recording
Wardrobe: Charles Guerin
Miss Landi’s Dresses Supervised by: Anna Selby-Walker
Make-up: Michael Morris *
Hair Styles: Eileen Warwick
Art Director: Denys Pavitt *
Location Manager: John George

Cast
Marshall Thompson [Commander Chuck Prescott]
Marla Landi [Tia Francesca]
Robert Ayres [Captain Ben Richards]
Bill Nagy [Wilson]
Carl Jaffe [Dr Paul von Essen]
Bill Edwards [Lieutenant Dan Prescott]
Roger Delgado [Mexican Consul]
John McLaren [State Deptartment official]
Helen Forest [secretary]
Michael Bell [State Trooper]
William R. Nick [Clancy]
Richard Shaw [Witney]
John Fabian [rating in control room]
Barry Shawzin [Mexican farmer]
Mark Sheldon [doctor]
Sheree Winton [nurse]
Spencer Teakle [rating in control room]
Chuck Keyser [rating in control room]
Rowland Brand [truck driver]
Franklyn Fox [Chief Petty Officer]
Laurence Taylor [shore patrolman]

Alternative Titles

Mies avaruuteen – Finland
Il primo uomo dello spazio – Italy
Rakete 510 – Germany
Satellite of Blood – working title

See also
The Incredible Melting Man (1977)
The Quatermass Experiment (1953)
The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

Extracts included in
It Came from Hollywood (1982)

References

Books

  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.188 – illustrated credits, review
  • British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.309 – credits, synopsis
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.72
  • The Horror Hits of Richard Gordon by Tom Weaver pp.64-79 – illustrated credits, synopsis, interview with Richard Gordon
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith p.101
  • The Vampire in Science Fiction Film and Literature by Paul Meehan pp. 5, 104, 192
  • X-Cert: The British Independent Horror Film: 1951-1970 by John Hamilton pp.39-42; 217 – illustrated review; credits