|Directed by||Gordon Douglas|
|Produced by||Malcolm Stuart[disambiguation needed]|
|Written by||William Bowers
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release dates||October 21, 1966|
|Running time||106 minutes|
|Box office||$1.2 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)|
The two male astronauts currently manning the US weather station on the moon, Hoffman (Dennis Weaver) and Schmidlap (Howard Morris), are suffering the effects of their long stay in space and need to be relieved, as Schmidlap regularly ties up Hoffman and has even knocked out his two front teeth. The sex-starved Schmidlap sits around drawing lewd pictures of naked women.
Mr. Quonset (Robert Morley), the head of NAWA, is concerned that the situation with Hoffman and Schmidlap threatens to become an embarrassment to NAWA. Furthermore, the Soviets have taken a step forward in the space race by placing the first (unmarried) male/female couple on the moon. Quonset decides the US should place the first married couple in space.
With the next NAWA space launch looming, the married astronauts scheduled for the mission split up. Quonset quickly turns to Peter Mattemore (Jerry Lewis) and Eileen Forbes (Connie Stevens), unmarried astronauts who have been at NAWA for years without having flown a mission. Forbes agrees to the marriage on the condition that they be married in name only, and the union is made official as they are rushed up the gantry for their space launch.
When they arrive on the moon, they receive regular visits from the Russian astronauts, Anna Soblova (Anita Ekberg) and Igor Baklenikov (Dick Shawn), living at the nearby Soviet lunar station. Antics ensue with vodka pill parties and the men preening for their beautiful female companions. The Soviets are suspected of trying to sabotage the U.S. space station, but they are soon vindicated.
Anna tricks Igor into marrying her by declaring she is pregnant. Once they are married she tells him the truth, and the Americans, who are now in love themselves, declare their intentions to have a "moon baby". As the film ends, the space race has escalated into a race to see which country will be the first to have a baby born on the moon.
Way...Way Out was filmed from January 24-March 30, 1966.
The title song is performed by Gary Lewis & the Playboys led by Lewis' son, Gary.
Brian Keith has a cameo as General "Howling Bull" Hallenby.
- Jerry Lewis as Peter
- Connie Stevens as Eileen
- Dick Shawn as Igor
- Anita Ekberg as Anna
- Dennis Weaver as Hoffman
- Howard Morris as Schmidlap
- Robert Morley as Quonset
- James Brolin as Ted
- Linda Harrison as Peggy
- Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p254
- "Big Rental Pictures of 1966", Variety, 4 January 1967 p 8