Monday, October 31, 2011

MISSILE TO THE MOON In Color / Layton Film Productions Inc. - 1958

Welcome to the last 2011 Halloween Countdown post with Tabonga!.. Tonite we have a big bag full of colorized eye candy to hand out, here at The Dungeon!

This poster is a fine example of kitsch art, and, the lobby card proudly adorns our MMM splash panel! The movie is a remake of CAT-WOMEN OF THE MOON.

The music's by Nicholas Carras, who only had 23 composing credits, but, just the same, worked on these fine flicks... FEMALE JUNGLE, JUNGLE HELL, SHE DEMONS, DRAGSTRIP RIOT, FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER, HIGH SCHOOL CAESAR, DATE BAIT, HONEYMOON OF TERROR, DR. SEX, GIRL IN GOLD BOOTS, THE ASTRO-ZOMBIES, THE DOLL SQUAD and OMEGA SYNDROME.

Lettuce bring in our fuzzy lil' Dungeon helper and button pusher, that 7-eyed freek, Ralphie The Tarantula!.. Howdy there, Ralphie! He's here to start our Eariffic Soundclip for the last day of our countdown, so, push the big red 'GO' button near the granite slab, now, Ralphie! Here's... MISSILE TO THE MOON!

Richard Travis plays Steve Dayton, assistant in a project to send a 'missile' to the Moon. Here, he 'splains to the General about how his boss can get that hunk of metal out there to the Moon and back, all in one piece! Richard got his start in 1940 as a constable in KING OF THE ROYAL MOUNTED.

Here's a pair for you! That's Gary Clarke as Lon and Tommy Cook as Gary, escaped convicts. Gary had just played the Teenage Werewolf in HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER and Tommy had also been around, like Richard, since 1940! Check out the product placement.

The expedition is led by Dirk Green, Lon and Gary comprise his makeshift crew. Dirk is played by Michael (THE PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES) Whalen.

On the way to the Moon, they encounter a meteor field. They used a V-2 missile for this shot!

After a few hits by some rocks, a big heavy battery breaks loose and smacks Dirk in the noggin when he tries to put it back in place... You know, it makes you wonder, if Dirk were so danged smart, why in the Hell would he put those batteries way up there??

I never really noticed that masonite rocketship exterior before!.. YOW!!

No movie taking place on the Moon would be complete without a few rubbery rock monsters roaming around! There were also rock monsters in HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN. MTTM was filmed at Red Rock Canyon in California.

They ditch the creatures by ducking into a cave, where, they encounter a mysterious cloaked figure who knocks them out with a gas bomb.

When they wake up, they're surrounded by a bevy of beautiful, turquoise-skinned Moon Girls!!

Looks like the boys gots a bad case of the Moon Fever!

Alpha sets her eye on Steve and is able to hypnotize him into obeying her. Nina Bara plays Alpha, Nina made her name in her role as the exotic Miss Tonga in the 1951 SPACE PATROL TV series.

It's time for Alpha to take her palce as the new Lido of the Moon. They use the term Lido in QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE, too. Weird, Lido always sounded like a person couldn't pronounce the word 'leader' to me.

Looks a little different in color, don't it?!

Steve's girlfriend, June, is being held by Tabonga's dream girl, Miss Sanita Pelkey! Sanita was also Amelia in THE GHOST OF DRAGSTRIP HOLLOW.

A little funhouse bondage followed by a giant spider surprise!! The screams you hear in the soundclip are actually screams by Allison Hayes taken from ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN, and, you also hear those same screams in FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER and SHE DEMONS, two other films directed by Richard Cunha!

Hey, man!.. Why you shoot me in the ass?!!

Stop the dancing!

This was always one of my favorite parts, where the Moon Girl brings down the house, only to get beaned by a big hunk of styrafoam!

Faw down, go boom!..

Now I lay me down to sleep...

Greedy Gary gets his just Halloween desserts and becomes a big toasted Vanilla Flambé!

Good, now we can get the Hell back to Earth, just in time to go Trick Or Treating!.. HAPPY HALLOWEEN, EVERBLOODY!!!

6 comments:

Douglas McEwan said...

What could be worse than going to the moon and being attacked by Gumby?

prof. grewbeard said...

Sanita Pelkey could give Julie Newmar a run for the money!

Happy Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eegah!! said...

Hope everybody had a good ride!

Mr. Banane said...

I immediately catch in to cry ^^ If I look the pictures from the film so and know which is not available this film once more in Germany. I do not understand this, why Germans so many films are kept from us.

Lacey said...

While this is an excellent color job but I always wondered one thing.
In this was suppose to be the Moon, why did the company colorize the sky "blue"? The sky on the moon is black as there is not atmosphere. Why not colorize it that color?

Thank you for the post. A film I actually own.

Exeter said...

WoW!
This is pretty darn neat in COLOR!
I wonder if I can rent this somewhere.... all I got is the stinking B & W version... on an UN-Numbered VHS tape.. I'll never find it!!! Crap!

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