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12 to the Moon

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USA  •    •  74m  •    •  Directed by: David Bradley.  •  Starring: Ken Clark, Michi Kobi, Tom Conway, Anthony Dexter, John Wengraf, Robert Montgomery Jr., Phillip Baird, Richard Weber, Muzaffer Tema, Roger Til, Cory Devlin, Anna-Lisa, Francis X. Bushman.  •  Music by: Michael Andersen.
       An international team embarks on an expedition to the moon in an uncommonly spacious rocketship. There they encounter a faceless alien intelligence who conclude that the human race is too immature and dangerous and must be destroyed.

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 2:17
 
 

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Image from: 12 to the Moon (1960)
Image from: 12 to the Moon (1960)
Image from: 12 to the Moon (1960)
Image from: 12 to the Moon (1960)
Image from: 12 to the Moon (1960)
Image from: 12 to the Moon (1960)
Image from: 12 to the Moon (1960)
Speaking for the "International Space Order" of Earth, Francis X. Bushman announces our planet's "Lunar Eagle 1" mission to the Moon. It will be Earth's first manned Moon mission, and features a diverse crew of twelve leading scientists: American Captain and hunk Ken Clark (as John Anderson), Japanese photographer and pharmacist Michi Kobi (as Hideko Murata), Russian geologist and mapmaker Tom Conway (as Feodor Orloff), handsome Brazilian pilot Anthony Dexter (as Luis Vargas), German spaceship architect John Wengraf (as Erich Heinrich), young mathematics genius Robert Montgomery Jr. (as Roddy "Rod" Murdock), British geophysicist Phillip Baird (as William Rochester), Polish-born Israeli aeronautic engineer Richard Weber (as David Ruskin), Turkish space medicine expert Muzaffer Tema (as Selim Hamid), French engineer and technician Roger Til (as Etienne Martel), Nigerian astronomer Cory Devlin (as Asmara Markonen), and beautiful Swedish physician Anna-Lisa (as Sigrid Bomark).

The filmmakers get Mr. Clark to strip down to a towel, early in the flight, when he interrupts Ms Kobi taking an "ultrasound shower" (the towel would be for modesty, since no drying is involved). When the crew lands on the Moon, and exits the ship, you can clearly see a man on the moon, walking away from the camera. This is probably a stagehand or somebody caught on the set in error. Well, the crew claims the Moon as international territory for the planet Earth; then, they look for air and signs of life. They find both. And, the Moon inhabitants are understandably not amused by the appearance of Earthlings on their world. Let the battle begin!

The main story becomes the conflict between the representatives of Earth and the emotionless Moon beings, and whether or not they will be able to resolve their differences. There is a well-meaning parallel to Earth's overcoming of differences, with this "diverse" group presented as evidence. The sub-plot involving German "Heinrich" and Israeli "Ruskin" drives the point home. The fate of cats "Mimi" and "Rodolfo" is never resolved, unfortunately. Relatives to watch include Bob Montgomery Jr. (son of Robert & brother of Elizabeth Montgomery, in his best feature film part) and Tom Conway (brother of George Sanders).

12 to the Moon (660) David Bradley ~ Ken Clark, John Wengraf, Robert Montgomery Jr.


Review by wes-connors from the Internet Movie Database.

 

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 92:01