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First Man Into Space (1959)



First Man Into Space

(1959)

Horror / Science Fiction

Directed by Robert Day

Cast:

Marshall Thompson as Commander Charles Ernest Prescott 
Marla Landi as Tia Francesca 
Bill Edwards as Lieutenant Dan Milton Prescott 
Robert Ayres as Captain Ben Richards 
Bill Nagy as Police Chief Wilson 
Carl Jaffe as Dr. Paul von Essen 
Roger Delgado as Mexican Consul - Ramon de Guerrera 
John McLaren as State Dept. Official, Harold Atkins 
Spencer Teakle as Ratings Control Room 
Chuck Keyser as Ratings Control Room 
John Fabian as Ratings Control Room 
Richard Shaw as Witney 
Bill Nick as Clancy  
Helen Forrest as Secretary  
Rowland Brand as Truck Driver

Navy test pilot, Lieutenant Dan Prescott is chosen to fly the Y-13 into outer space and his brother Commander Prescott is wary of the decision. Captain Ben Richards assures the Commander that Dan is the best choice they got, even though on his last assignment, he opposed his orders while landing his ship. Right after he landed the ship, he left to see his girlfriend Tia without writing out the report of his mission. Despite Dan’s lack of work, Captain Richards believes Dan is the correct pilot for this mission and has been examined by Doctor Paul von Essen.

Dan takes off with the Y-13 and gets up to 600,000 feet even though he is to begin going downward. He keeps getting up higher to 250 miles and quickly loses restraint of the aircraft, requiring him to launch the ship. The New Mexico State Police then calls in reporting that a Mexican farmer saw a parachute connected to an aircraft close by his farm near the city of Alvarado.  Chief Wilson informs the military to be sure it might have something to do with their mission. Wilson and Commander Chuck unite to view the remains of the crash. Immediately they know that Dan is dead. When the aircraft is examined, it is revealed that the breaking chute was working perfectly well. Other things are revealed as well, but where is Dan?


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