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Moon Pilot (1962)

Not Rated | | Family, Comedy, Sci-Fi | 5 April 1962 (USA)
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Away on a short leave before an upcoming moon launch, a NASA astronaut disappears and is feared kidnapped when the security services learn about his friendship with a suspected foreign female spy.

Director:

James Neilson

Writers:

Maurice Tombragel (screenplay), Robert Buckner (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Tryon ... Capt. Richmond Talbot
Brian Keith ... Maj. Gen. John M. Vanneman
Edmond O'Brien ... McClosky - aka 'Mac'
Dany Saval ... Lyrae
Bob Sweeney ... Sen. Henry McGuire
Kent Smith ... Secretary of the Air Force
Tommy Kirk ... Walter Talbot
Simon Scott Simon Scott ... Medical Officer
Bert Remsen ... Agent Brown
Sarah Selby ... Mrs. Celia Talbot
Dick Whittinghill ... Col. Briggs
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Storyline

An Air Force captain inadvertently volunteers to make the first manned flight around the moon. He immediately falls under the watchful protection of various security agencies, but despite all their precautions, a young woman who may be an enemy spy succeeds in making contact with the captain. The captain eventually discovers that this woman is not an enemy but rather a friend from a very unusual source. Written by dinky-4

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It's Hi-Hi-Larious!

Genres:

Family | Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kuu kiikarissa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Sally Field. See more »

Goofs

As Richmond and Lyrae talk at the telescope overlooking the bay, the wind is causing Richmond's unbuttoned suit coat to billow quite a bit. As he turns to his left, and a new shot begins, his coat is suddenly buttoned. See more »

Quotes

Lyrae: [singing the "Beta Lyrae" song] X-A luna bot/X-A luna lot/There are seven moons/Of Beta Lyrae/Seven moons/All made for love/ X-A luna bot/X-A luna lot/Seven moons above/Seven kinds of love/There are seven moons of Beta Lyrae/Seven moons that shine above/Seven times the shine/For a girl and boy/Seven moons above/Seven times the love/From the deep blue sea/To the galaxy/Seven moons above/Seven times the love.
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Connections

Edited into The Magical World of Disney: Moon Pilot: Part 2 (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

The Void
Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
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Dated by its slow pacing
11 December 2000 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

While the technical aspects of this "space age" comedy from the early 1960's are understandably dated, the major problem with watching "Moon Pilot" now lies in its slow pacing. Virtually every scene runs longer than it should and the conversations within each scene are too often marked by needless pauses and languid delivery. The result is a 70-minute story that's been s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d into a 98-minute movie.

Tom Tryon seems an unusual choice for the title role. His dark, brooding, sexually-ambiguous looks would qualify him to play "Heathcliff" but "Moon Pilot" is virtually his only foray into farcical comedy. However, his innately serious quality helps him to anchor the movie more securely than would a Dick Van Dyke or a Dean Jones, but he really doesn't shine in this kind of material. His image as a juicy slab of "beefcake" remains intact, however, since even this family-oriented Disney comedy finds an excuse to strip him down to his boxer shorts in order to display his hairy chest in two separate scenes.


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