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Men into Space: Moonquake

McCauley leads a team to the moon to conduct seismographic experiments, but communications officer Tom Farrow is distracted by news that his wife was in a car accident. Things take a turn for the worse when a moonquake knocks the ship over and Tom disappears down a fissure.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x6
Airdate: Wednesday November 11th, 1959

Director: Lee Sholem

Guest Stars
Michael KeeneMichael Keene
As Dr. Strauss (as Mike Keene)
Michael KeeneMichael Keene
As Dr. Strauss (as Mike Keene)
Arthur FranzArthur Franz
As Capt Tom Farrow
Denver PyleDenver Pyle
As Dr. Peter Riber
Bek NelsonBek Nelson
As Jane Farrow
Ross ElliottRoss Elliott
As Dr. George Batton
Britt LomondBritt Lomond
As Bruegel
Britt LomondBritt Lomond
As Bruegel
Robert KarnesRobert Karnes
As Sy Robbins
Robert KarnesRobert Karnes
As Sy Robbins
Ann DoranAnn Doran
As Nurse
Ann DoranAnn Doran
As Nurse
Sumner WilliamsSumner Williams
As General's Aide
Sumner WilliamsSumner Williams
As General's Aide
Main Cast
William LundiganWilliam Lundigan
As Col. Edward McCauley


Astronaut’s wife Jane Farrow wakes up in the hospital at the middle of the night and calls for the nurse. She complains that the moonlight through the window awakened her and the nurse offers to close the shades. However, Jane asks her to keep them open so that she can see the moon. There’s been no news of the Trailblazer, the ship carrying her husband Tom to the moon. It is supposed to reach there the next morning. Jane then asks if any newspapermen came to the hospital about her car accident, but the nurse assures her that they don’t give out information. When she offers to tell Jane’s immediate family, Jane refuses, saying that she doesn’t want her husband to know because it might distract him on his mission...

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Episode Quotes
Narrator: What you are about to see is not true. It hasn't happened... yet. These are scenes from that story. A story that will happen soon. Just as man experienced his first earthquake, he will one day feel his first moonquake. This is a story of people, people who travel 240,000 miles into outer space to answer the question: what is the moon made of?

Capt Tom Farrow: Well, that's the news of the world, folks. And we're certainly it. Especially you, colonel.
Bruegel: Yeah, but what are they saying, Tom?
Capt Tom Farrow: Tonight the world lies awake, awaiting the news that Colonel Edward McCauley and his brilliant team of scientist-adventurers have landed on the moon. Where they will make a detailed examination of the moon's crust over the next period of seven days. Tom Farrow--that's me--the communications officer, is known to be particularly intrepid.

Episode Goofs
McCauley calls Control and refers to his ship as Trailblazer 2. The dialogue is incorrect, as the rescue ship is Trailblazer 1. This is confirmed when Tom arrives at the hospital and the radio announcer properly refers to the ship as Trailblazer 1.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorChesley Bonestell
Executive ProducerIvan Tors  |  Maurice Ziv
ProducerLewis J. Rachmil
Associate ProducerMel Epstein
Music EditorMilton Lustig
Set DecoratorCharles Thompson
Production CoordinatorHarry R. Sherman
Assistant EditorDale Hutchinson
Director of PhotographyWilliam P. Whitley
Art DirectorRobert Kinoshita
Production ManagementJoe Wonder
Sound EditorSidney Sutherland
Special EffectsThol Simonson  |  Peter Foy
Main Title ThemeDavid Rose (1)
Film EditorJohn F. Schreyer
Technical AdvisorCharles A. Berry  |  Maxwell Smith (2)
Makeup ArtistGeorge Gray (2)  |  Frank Fitzgibbon
Audio SupervisorAl Lincoln
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