Way...Way Out

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Way...Way Out
Directed by Gordon Douglas
Produced by Malcolm Stuart
Written by William Bowers
Laslo Vanday
Starring Jerry Lewis
Connie Stevens
Robert Morley
Dick Shawn
Anita Ekberg
James Brolin
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • October 21, 1966 (1966-10-21)
Running time
106 minutes
Language English
Budget $2,955,000[1]
Box office $1.2 million (est. U.S./Canada rentals)[2]
361,933 admissions (France)[3]

Way...Way Out is a 1966 American sex comedy film starring Jerry Lewis and released by 20th Century Fox on October 21, 1966. The film was both a critical and commercial flop, recouping less than half of the film's budget.[citation needed]


The year is 1989, and the United States continues to be engaged in a Space Race with the Soviet Union.

The two male astronauts currently manning the U.S. 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 United States should place the first married couple in space.

With the next NAWA space launch looming, the married astronauts scheduled for the mission (James Brolin, Linda Harrison) 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 American space station, but they are soon vindicated.

Anna tricks Igor into marrying her by declaring she is pregnant, having gotten the idea for this from Eileen. The wedding is broadcast via satellite to the entire planet, with Peter acting as best man and Eileen as Maid of Honor. There is talk of the Soviets having achieved the first baby on the Moon. Mr. Quonset declares his unhappiness that the Soviets have scored this crucial first to Peter and Eileen, insinuating that this is because Peter is less virile than Igor and Eileen less sexy than Anna. Stung by this, Eileen declares she is just as pregnant as Anna, delighting Mr. Quonset. Eileen then tells the startled Peter she's just as pregnant as Anna because Anna isn't pregnant at all, and then suggests they could make her assertion retroactively true. They are just initiating this project as the movie ends.

Political references[edit]

The 1966 film includes a 1989 futuristic TV news report where Southern politicians are still struggling with civil rights and politician Richard Nixon plans to come out of retirement and reunite the Republican Party.


Way...Way Out was filmed from January 24-March 30, 1966.

The narrator is John "Shorty" Powers, who had been NASA's mission commentator for Project Mercury.

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.

Early on in the film, James Brolin and Linda Harrison appear as battling newlyweds who are refusing to go on the moon mission together. After this film, Brolin and Harrison would also be part of a make-up test with Charlton Heston to pitch the "Planet Of The Apes" film to 20th Century Fox. Harrison would be eventually cast as "Nova" but Brolin wouldn't be part of the film series.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ "Big Rental Pictures of 1966", Variety, 4 January 1967 p 8
  3. ^ Jerry Lewis films French box office information at Box Office Story

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