|SATELLITE IN THE SKY (director: Paul Dickson; screenwriters: Edith Dell/John Mather/ J T Mcintosh; cinematographer: Georges Perinal; editor: Sidney Stone; music: Albert Elms; cast: Kieron Moore (Commander Michael Haydon), Lois Maxwell (Kim Hamilton), Donald Wolfit (Prof. Merrity), Bryan Forbes (Jimmy Wheeler), Barry Keegan (Lefty Blake), Jimmy Hanley (Larry Noble), Thea Gregory (Barbara Noble), Shirley Lawrence (Ellen), Donald Gray (Capt. Ross), Alan Gifford (Col. Galloway), Walter Hudd (Prof. Blandford), Peter Neil (Tony); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Edward J. and Harry Lee Danziger; WB; 1956-UK)|
|"It's a bomb."
by Dennis Schwartz
low-budget Brit sci-fi film about the first manned
satellite in space. It's a bomb. Flatly helmed by
Paul Dickson ("Count of Twelve"/"The
Depraved"/"Star of my Night") and poorly written by Edith
Dell, John Mather and
J T Mcintosh. The absurd chatty
screenplay, with inexplicable developments
throughout, makes this an impossible film
to take seriously. Furthermore the dialogue is trite,
the acting is wooden and the many subplots are dull.
rocket Stardust's head crew, the idealistic Commander
Michael Haydon (Kieron Moore) and the
troubled married man co-pilot Larry Noble (Jimmy Hanley),
learn the night before their mission from their boss (Walter
Hudd) at the Thunderhill Space Station that
Operation Stardust will not be for scientific research
only but to also test the latest atomic bomb, the most
powerful "tritonium" bomb in outer space.
The war department sends the obnoxious Professor
Merrity (Donald Wolfit) on the
flight, with no flight training, to detonate the bomb.
The other two crew members, the school-boyish Jimmy
Wheeler (Bryan Forbes, future director), the radio
man, and the dour Lefty Blake (Barry
Keegan), the engineer, learn about it
after blast-off. And oh, there's a spunky reporter,
Kim Hamilton (Lois Maxwell, the future Miss
Moneypenny in the Bond films), who is a stowaway
on the rocket. Evidently this big event in Brit
history had lax security, if you would believe.
deadly problem arises when the bomb sticks to the side
of the satellite in outer space and it's programmed to
explode in nine hours, with no possible way to defuse
it. If you're still watching by the climax, you will
learn the fate of the selfless crew in peril.
Veevars does a nice job with the special effects,
giving the film a pleasing look.
REVIEWED ON 5/16/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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