Mutiny in Outer Space (1965)

85 mins | Science fiction | 26 February 1965

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HISTORY

The 18 Feb 1964 DV announced the provisionally-titled Space Station X as the first project for Film Productions, Inc., recently founded by filmmakers Hugo Grimaldi and Arthur C. Pierce. Principal photography began 18 Mar 1964, according to 25 Mar 1964 Var production charts. Joining the cast were Joel Smith (13 Mar 1964 DV), Francine York (18 Mar 1964 DV), Robert Palmer, Robert Nash, and Helen Kay Stephens (25 Mar 1964 DV).
       On 24 Mar 1964, DV reported that the title had been changed to Invasion From the Moon, although an article in the 1 Apr 1964 Var referred to the picture as Invasion to the Moon. It also stated that filming had just been completed. A news item in the 12 Nov 1964 DV referred to the picture by its official title, Mutiny in Outer Space. Various sources have also noted Space Station X-14 and Mutiny in Outerspace as alternative titles.
       The 13 Jan 1965 Var reported that theater owner Oscar Brotman would handle Midwest distribution for film, along with its companion feature, The Human Duplicators (1965, see entry). A 26 Feb 1965 opening was planned for multiple locations throughout Chicago, IL. Three weeks later, the 3 Feb 1965 Var announced that Allied Artists Pictures Corporation would distribute the double bill through fourteen exchanges in North America. Both pictures had previously been in release through Woolner Bros., although no locations or dates were listed. ... More Less

The 18 Feb 1964 DV announced the provisionally-titled Space Station X as the first project for Film Productions, Inc., recently founded by filmmakers Hugo Grimaldi and Arthur C. Pierce. Principal photography began 18 Mar 1964, according to 25 Mar 1964 Var production charts. Joining the cast were Joel Smith (13 Mar 1964 DV), Francine York (18 Mar 1964 DV), Robert Palmer, Robert Nash, and Helen Kay Stephens (25 Mar 1964 DV).
       On 24 Mar 1964, DV reported that the title had been changed to Invasion From the Moon, although an article in the 1 Apr 1964 Var referred to the picture as Invasion to the Moon. It also stated that filming had just been completed. A news item in the 12 Nov 1964 DV referred to the picture by its official title, Mutiny in Outer Space. Various sources have also noted Space Station X-14 and Mutiny in Outerspace as alternative titles.
       The 13 Jan 1965 Var reported that theater owner Oscar Brotman would handle Midwest distribution for film, along with its companion feature, The Human Duplicators (1965, see entry). A 26 Feb 1965 opening was planned for multiple locations throughout Chicago, IL. Three weeks later, the 3 Feb 1965 Var announced that Allied Artists Pictures Corporation would distribute the double bill through fourteen exchanges in North America. Both pictures had previously been in release through Woolner Bros., although no locations or dates were listed. The Chicago release was followed by 12 May 1965 openings at twenty-three locations in Los Angeles, CA. Despite lukewarm critical reception, the double bill earned approximately $91,000 in its first week.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
18 Feb 1964
p. 2.
Daily Variety
13 Mar 1964
p. 4.
Daily Variety
18 Mar 1964
p. 6.
Daily Variety
24 Mar 1964
p. 6.
Daily Variety
25 Mar 1964
p. 4.
Daily Variety
12 Nov 1964
p. 4.
Daily Variety
13 May 1965
p. 3.
Daily Variety
18 May 1965
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
12 May 1965
Section D, p. 15.
Los Angeles Times
15 May 1965
p. 23.
Variety
25 Mar 1964
p. 19.
Variety
1 Apr 1964
p. 7.
Variety
13 Jan 1965
p. 85.
Variety
3 Feb 1965
p. 3.
Variety
10 Mar 1965
p. 77.
Variety
13 Oct 1965
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Hugo Grimaldi Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eff supv
VISUAL EFFECTS
Miniatures
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Invasion From the Moon
Space Station X
Space Station X-14
Invasion to the Moon
Release Date:
26 February 1965
Premiere Information:
Chicago opening: 26 February 1965
Los Angeles opening: 12 May 1965
Production Date:
18--late March 1964
Copyright Claimant:
Woolner Bros. Pictures
Copyright Date:
5 June 1964
Copyright Number:
LP29247
Duration(in mins):
85
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Upon returning to their outer space orbiting station after an exploratory mission to the moon, Webber, one of two astronauts, dies of a fungus infection. Faith Montaine, the station biochemist, begins an analysis of the samples brought back by Webber and Towers, his colleague. The station doctor, Hoffman, also contracts the infection and joins Towers in recommending that Earth be notified. Colonel Cromwell, afraid of being recalled, overrules the suggestion, and Tower's and Hoffman's attempt to make contact is foiled by Connie, the communication officer who is in love with Cromwell. A collision with meteors tears a hole in the outer wall of the station, and fungus from the laboratory escapes and surrounds the station. Realizing that the fungus thrives on heat, Hoffman puts himself in a refrigerated tube while Towers leads a mutiny, refrigerates the station, and contacts Earth. Earth scientists then surround the station with sub-zero particles to kill the ... +


Upon returning to their outer space orbiting station after an exploratory mission to the moon, Webber, one of two astronauts, dies of a fungus infection. Faith Montaine, the station biochemist, begins an analysis of the samples brought back by Webber and Towers, his colleague. The station doctor, Hoffman, also contracts the infection and joins Towers in recommending that Earth be notified. Colonel Cromwell, afraid of being recalled, overrules the suggestion, and Tower's and Hoffman's attempt to make contact is foiled by Connie, the communication officer who is in love with Cromwell. A collision with meteors tears a hole in the outer wall of the station, and fungus from the laboratory escapes and surrounds the station. Realizing that the fungus thrives on heat, Hoffman puts himself in a refrigerated tube while Towers leads a mutiny, refrigerates the station, and contacts Earth. Earth scientists then surround the station with sub-zero particles to kill the fungus. +

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