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Men into Space: Contraband

When a sample of the rare Specimen 9 turns up in the hands of an industrialist, McCauley realizes that someone on his last expedition brought it back from the moon. Now he must take the four scientists back to the moon and trick the guilty party into revealing himself and the location of the deposit.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x21
Airdate: Wednesday March 02nd, 1960

Guest Stars
James CoburnJames Coburn
As Dr. Narry
Robert ChristopherRobert Christopher
As Dr. Bromfield
Robert OsterlohRobert Osterloh
As Dr. Jack Rice
Don RossDon Ross
As Dr. Orr
John CloseJohn Close
As Colonel Ferretti
Pat McCaffriePat McCaffrie
As Major Stubblefield
Main Cast
William LundiganWilliam Lundigan
As Col. Edward McCauley


Colonel Feretti meets with McCauley and shows him a crystal that McCauley found on the lunar surface last June, labeled Specimen 9. However, a sample found its way from the Bureau of Standards to an industrial laboratory. The owner paid $70,000 for it but the Air Force laboratory has confirmed that Specimen 9 is worth double that and can only be found on the moon. It had to have been transported aboard McCauley’s ship because the stolen piece was broken off of the sample they have in the lab. Major Stubblefield and four scientists were aboard that particular ship, and they’ll be returning with McCauley and Stubblefield in a week. The industrialist loaned it to them because he bought it in good faith from a middleman, and can’t identify the original supplier. Specimen 9 is hard enough to slice through diamond, has valuable optic properties, and has intrinsic value as a gemstone...

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Episode Quotes
Narrator: But no matter where he travels, one thing will always be the same: man himself. Human nature will not change in the strange outposts of space. There will always be love and hate, courage and fear, and even greed. This is the story of an expedition to a distant world that was brought to the brink of disaster by one man's greed.

Dr. Bromfield: You know, this first meal on the moon always gets me. I never think that gravity will be strong enough to carry the food down to my stomach.
Dr. Narry: Your stomach's big enough to supply its own gravity.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorChesley Bonestell
Executive ProducerMaurice Ziv  |  Ivan Tors
ProducerLewis J. Rachmil
Associate ProducerMel Epstein
Music EditorMilton Lustig
Set DecoratorCharles Thompson
Director of PhotographyWilliam P. Whitley
Story EditorRobert Warnes Leach
Art DirectorRobert Kinoshita
Production ManagementJoe Wonder
Sound EditorChuck Overhulser
Special EffectsThol Simonson
Main Title ThemeDavid Rose (1)
Film EditorJoseph Silver
WardrobeSeth Banks
Assistant DirectorDale Hutchinson
Technical AdvisorM.C. Spaulding  |  Maxwell Smith (2)
Makeup ArtistGeorge Gray (2)  |  William Woods
Audio SupervisorAl Lincoln
Special Photographic EffectsLouis Dewitt
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