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Men into Space: Lost Missile

When the first remote-controlled nuclear missile goes off course and threatens a lunar expedition, its guilt-ridden creator insist on accompanying McCauley to try and remove the nuclear pile before it's too late.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x5
Airdate: Wednesday November 04th, 1959

Director: Walter Doniger
Writer: Michael Plant

Guest Stars
Jeremy SlateJeremy Slate
As Capt. Parrish
Harry TownesHarry Townes
As Dr. William Thyssen
Marcia HendersonMarcia Henderson
As Helen Thyssen
Ken LynchKen Lynch
As Gen. Thomas
Gavin MacLeodGavin MacLeod
As Dr. Dave Parsons
Jim StocktonJim Stockton
As Lt. Hargraves
Main Cast
William LundiganWilliam Lundigan
As Col. Edward McCauley


At Los Alamos, McCauley checks in with Dr. William Thyssen and Dr. Dave Parsons. He’s there to pick up Thyssen, who will be accompanying him to the launch of Project Dragonfly, a remote-controlled nuclear-powered missile. Thyssen and McCauley go the airport where Thyssen’s wife Helen is waiting. She wonders what ill happen if the nuclear pile blows up, and McCauley assures her that it won’t be activated until it is in space. Helen figures that her husband wants to be heading into space on the first manned nuclear rocket, and her husband regretfully admits that he’s too old. ..

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Episode Quotes
Narrator: The story you are about to see hasn’t happened. Yet. These are scenes from that story, a story that will happen in the near future when men such as these will harness atomic energy to aid them in man’s conquest of space. This is the story of Project Dragonfly, the first test to see whether man could control from the ground an atomic-powered rocket.

McCauley: Dr. Parsons, I’m sorry you’re not going with us.
Dr. Dave Parsons: Well, there are only two reasons why I’m not going. One, Project Dragonfly is Dr. Thyssen’s brain child so I’m just an extra thumb. And two, that long-awaited fishing trip in the mountains. Now don’t ask me which is the real reason.
Dr. William Thyssen: Well, who knows? One day you may even be taking that fishing trip on the planet Venus.

Helen Thyssen: Tell me, what happens if this atomic engine of his blows up on takeoff?
Dr. William Thyssen: Isn’t that just like a woman?

Helen Thyssen: Did he ask for this job? (McCauley nods) The old goat. Keep an eye on him, will you? He’s my favorite egghead.
McCauley: Mine, too.

Capt. Parrish: Colonel McCauley? Parrish speaking.
McCauley: Yes?
Capt. Parrish: Control wants a step-by-step report of each operation.
Dr. William Thyssen: Why? What for at a time like this?
McCauley: Eh, I guess if or when we make a mistake, they figure we won’t be around to make a report on it.

McCauley: Dave, lets do this scientifically. You got a coin?
Dr. Dave Parsons: Yeah.
McCauley: Toss it in the air. Tails I turn it to the left, heads I turn it to the right. Well, what happened?
Dr. Dave Parsons: Tails.
McCauley: I hope that’s your lucky coin.

Episode Goofs
General Thomas says that the expedition on the moon consists of twelve men. However, when they contact Hargraves, he says that he's the only one there and that the rest of the men are out on two-men survey teams. That would mean there would have to be an odd number of men, not the twelve that Thomas specified earlier.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorChesley Bonestell
Executive ProducerIvan Tors  |  Maurice Ziv
ProducerLewis J. Rachmil
Music EditorMilton Lustig
Set DecoratorCharles Thompson
Production CoordinatorHarry R. Sherman
Director of PhotographyWilliam P. Whitley
Story EditorRobert Warnes Leach
Art DirectorRobert Kinoshita
Production ManagementJoe Wonder
Sound EditorChuck Overhulser
Special EffectsThol Simonson  |  Peter Foy
Main Title ThemeDavid Rose (1)
Film EditorJoseph Silver
WardrobeJack Muhs  |  Michael Tierney
Technical AdvisorCharles A. Berry  |  Maxwell Smith (2)
Audio SupervisorAl Lincoln
Special Photographic EffectsJack Rabin  |  Louis Dewitt  |  Irving Block
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