Lively, entertaining reviews of, and essays on, old and newer films and everything relating to them, written by professional author William Schoell.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


CAT-WOMEN OF THE MOON (1953). Director: Arthur Hilton.

When a group travels to the moon in a spaceship, the only female member of the team, Helen (Marie Windsor), begins receiving psychic input from someone named Alpha (Carol Brewster). It seems that there's a race of women on the moon who want to kill the earth men and take over their spaceship -- or something like that. They even influenced Helen to fall for the ship's commander, Laird (Sonny Tufts) instead of the man she really loves, Kip (Victor Jory), because Laird had a lot more technical information. There's also a giant fake spider that wiggles about and emits high-pitched noises. Some of the cat-women are man-friendly and disagree with Alpha. This was much more entertaining when it was remade six years later as Missile to the Moon. After the terrible Queen of Outer Space, this is probably the worst of the bunch of "space babe" movies that were made in the fifties. The actors all do their best, however.

Verdict: Watch Fire Maidens of Outer Space instead. **.

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