In 1970, America has a long-established space station in orbit around Earth, and plans are laid for the first attempt to circle the Moon. However, spies from an unnamed foreign nation substitute a double for Dr. Wernher (Larry Johns), one… More In 1970, America has a long-established space station in orbit around Earth, and plans are laid for the first attempt to circle the Moon. However, spies from an unnamed foreign nation substitute a double for Dr. Wernher (Larry Johns), one of the three scheduled for the Moon trip. Major Bill Moore (Ross Ford) is annoyed when General Greene (Hayden Rorke) appoints Col. Briteis (Donna Martell) the pilot for the trip. Their romance was shattered when she was earlier selected as the first person to orbit the Earth. The lunar voyage is largely uneventful, until the false Wernher tries to commandeer the craft, intending to ram into the space station. He's overcome by the other two, but his actions for them into making an unplanned landing on the Moon. When he accompanies Bill on a trip to install a radio relay atop a peak, the false Wernher is killed. The spaceship, which has to remain on the Moon until help arrives, is designated Moon Base One, and Moore and Briteis are married by the President (Ernestine Barrier). The origins of this film are a little murky; famed science-fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein had been involved in the creation of the popular children's TV series Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, and according to some sources, this film was really an extended pilot for an adult TV series of the same nature. Certainly there are some recognizable "Heinleinesque" elements to the story, such as the heroine's name (pronounced "bright eyes" by everyone but her). But the acting is highly variable, the photography flat and uninteresting, the effects ambitious but mediocre, and the storyline unexceptional. All in all, the film deserves its relative obscurity. Director Talmadge was a dashing, boyish star of the 1920s and 1930s, and later became a second-unit director on major movies (North to Alaska, Hawaii, Circus World, etc.).