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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

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Guest Stars
Michael Keene
As Dr. Strauss (as Mike Keene)
Arthur Franz
As Capt Tom Farrow
Denver Pyle
As Dr. Peter Riber
Bek Nelson
As Jane Farrow
Britt Lomond
As Bruegel
Ross Elliott
As Dr. George Batton
Robert Karnes
As Sy Robbins
Ann Doran
As Nurse
Sumner Williams
As General's Aide
Main Cast
William 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.

Jane Farrow: You know one thing I've learned, Colonel?
McCauley: What's that?
Jane Farrow: Wives with husbands on the moon shouldn't look up while driving in traffic.

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
Story EditorRobert Warnes Leach
Art DirectorRobert Kinoshita
Production ManagementJoe Wonder
Sound EditorSidney Sutherland
Special EffectsThol Simonson  |  Peter Foy
Main Title ThemeDavid Rose (1)
Film EditorJohn F. Schreyer
WardrobeMichael Tierney
Technical AdvisorCharles A. Berry  |  Maxwell Smith (2)
Makeup ArtistGeorge Gray (2)  |  Frank Fitzgibbon
Audio SupervisorAl Lincoln
Warning: Men into Space season 1 episode 6 guide may contain spoilers
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