Spaceways

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Spaceways
Spaceways Poster.JPG
Directed by Terence Fisher
Produced by Michael Carreras
Written by Paul Tabori
Richard Landau
Based on radio play by Charles Eric Maine
Starring Howard Duff
Eva Bartok
Music by Ivor Slaney
Cinematography Reginald H. Wyer
Edited by Maurice Rootes
Production
company
Distributed by Lippert Pictures (USA)
Exclusive Films (UK)
Release dates
  • 7 August 1953 (1953-08-07)
Running time
76 mins
Country UK
Language English

Spaceways is a 1953 British-American, black and white, science fiction film co-produced by Hammer Film Productions Ltd. and Lippert Productions Inc.. Spaceways, directed by Terence Fisher, was filmed entirely in England by the Hammer company, with Michael Carreras as producer-of-record and American Robert L. Lippert as uncredited co-producer, from a screenplay by Paul Tabori and Richard Landau based on a radio play by Charles Eric Maine.

The film stars Howard Duff and Eva Bartok, with Alan Wheatley. Spaceways was distributed in the UK by Exclusive Films Ltd. and in the United States by Lippert Pictures Inc.

Plot[edit]

The plot dealt with the first manned spaceflight (piloted co-ed by Duff and Bartok) against the backdrop of Duff's character's failing marriage, his wife's infidelity and murder (for which Duff is suspect), and his budding romance with Bartok, who plays a renowned mathematician working on the space project.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Principal photography on Spaceways took place at Ray Studios, Windsor, England from mid-November 1952 to early January 1953.[1] Some of the special effects shots of the rocket taking off in Spaceways were taken from Rocketship X-M.[2]

Reception[edit]

Spaceways was not well received by critics, and its poor production values soon relegated the film to the bottom of bills and drive-ins as mainly fill-in fodder. Film reviewer Glenn Erickson, writing in DVD Davant noted: "The disappointment of Spaceways is finding out that it is really a lukewarm murder mystery in a science fiction setting."[2]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Original print information: Spaceways." Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved: 9 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b Erickson, Glenn. "Spaceways." DVD Svant, 30 November 2000. Retrieved: 9 January 2015.

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