FIRST MAN INTO SPACE on DVD
Sci-Fi. Black & White. Year: 1959. Running time approx. 72 min.
Director: Robert Day.
Stars: Marshall Thompson, Marla Landi, Bill Edwards, Robert Ayres, Bill Nagy, Carl Jaffe and Roger Delgado.
Classic science-fiction from the golden age of 1950s cinema in this tale of alien life forms. This cautionary tale of interstellar exploration features a brash U.S. Navy test pilot, hungry for fame, who rockets himself beyond Earth’s atmosphere on a test flight, only to become encrusted with cosmic dust, returning to earth transformed into a blood-drinking monster… A Mexican farmer sees a parachute land in New Mexico. An unknown rock-like material has encased the rockets fuselage; testing shows that it is completely impervious to X-rays, infrared, and ultraviolet light.
The aircraft seen in the film included stock footage of the take-off and launch of the Bell X-1A from a Boeing B-29 Superfortress mother ship. A Redstone rocket launch was also featured.
Produced by one of the most respected British film producers, Richard Gordon, this early tale of space exploration has been re-mastered by the BFI. It will delight fans of science fiction.