|QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE (director: Edward Bernds; screenwriters: Charles Beaumont/story by Ben Hecht; cinematographer: William Whitley; editor: William Austin; music: Marlin Skiles; cast: Zsa Zsa Gabor (Talleah), Laurie Mitchell (Queen Yilana of Venus), Eric Fleming (Capt. Patterson), David Willock (Lt. Cruze), Patrick Waltz (Lt. Turner), Paul Birch (Prof. Konrad), Barbara Darrow (Kaeel), Gerry Gaylor (Colonel Base Commander), Marilyn Buferd (Odeena), Lisa Davis (Motiya); Runtime: 80; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Ben Schwalb; Warner Home Video; 1958)|
|"It belongs on a list for worst
film ever made."
by Dennis Schwartz
futuristic tongue-in-cheek sci-fi film is ineptly
directed by Edward Bernds ("The Bowery Boys
Meet The Monster"/"The Three Stooges in Orbit"/"World
Without End"). It's based on Ben Hecht's agonizingly
dumb story, and the weak dialogue and screenplay is by
Charles Beaumont. It belongs on a list for worst
film ever made, but won't win because casting Zsa Zsa
Gabor as an alien is priceless.
a minor problem at an outer space way
station and the base commander (Gerry Gaylor)
sends three American astronauts, Capt Patterson (Eric
Fleming), Lt. Cruze (David Willock)
and Lt. Turner (Patrick Waltz), along
with Professor Konrad (Paul Burch), the station's
designer, to straighten things out. When they arrive
at the station, they witness it destroyed by a ray
beam and are kidnapped to Venus--where their spaceship
crash-lands. The astronauts are held as prisoners on
the all-female planet by the masked, man-hating Queen
Yilana (Laurie Mitchell), and learn that
the embittered Queen plans to destroy the Earth with
her ray beam disintegrating weapon. The nutty despotic
Queen mistakenly thinks Earth is planning to attack
Venus and uses as proof the space station was erected
to launch from there its attack. Talleah (Zsa
Zsa Gabor), one of the Queen's subjects, secretly
works with the men captives to prevent Earth's
destruction and has supporters who accept her as the
Queen when Yilana is overtaken.
just a bad film, not one that's so bad that it's good.
It's camp, but lacks wit, is silly, poorly acted and
the story is ludicrous. The women aliens, clad in
mini-skirts, look as if they were dressed for a roller
rink. The Hungarian accented Zsa Zsa struts around in
evening gowns and jewels, as if she was at a Hollywood
nightclub greeting fellow airhead celebs.
REVIEWED ON 6/4/2014 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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