For a lot of us who were kids in the 60's, this movie may have only come on TV on Saturday Night at either 11, 12 Midnight or even worse-- the Late, Late, Late Movie at 2AM before the Station Signed-Off with the Test Pattern screaming that high pitched: "Oooooooooooooooooooooooo"
And if we were kids, you probably only caught this movie by ACCIDENT and had to BEG your parent not to send you to bed. If you were lucky-- it was your Dad, and he would melt. If you were unlucky, it was Mom-- for whom space movies were trash-- and she just reached over and 'CLICK' And you NEVER saw this one again.
Oh.. and guaranteed, if you DID manage to catch it on TV way back then-- 1) you only saw it in BLACK & WHITE! And 2) you only saw it CROPPED for the regular TUBE TV. So you NEVER saw the full WIDE-SCREEN Theatrical Movie version. And even better reason to rent the DVD today.
Well, this guy was the George Lucas of his age. Yeah-- there were wires holding the ships up-- but remember, it was 1958-59. They didn't have Video Editing. Plus-- TV sets and Movies weren't that 'crisp' If you weren't Looking for the wires, you didn't see them. Plus-- if you see the Wires, google images for this movie and note the SIZE of the ships. This are not cheap plastic models. The Moon ships stand at least 5 feet
What you DID see was Spaceships, Flying Saucers, Rayguns, and men in silver Spacesuits fighting Aliens on the Moon. What else could a Kid want? Fun part for people watching this thing Now: Aliens attack Earth. Response: Give Scientists RAYGUNS and send them to the moon.
Think about it: They gave SCIENTISTS Rayguns and sent them to the Moon to Destroy the Aliens-- NOT TALK TO THEM.
Scientists Get to Moon, and encounter a mob of spacesuited munchkin aliens pawing up the single Female crewmember in a lunar cave.
Do they stop and think: "Let us attempt to Communicate with these advanced Aliens?" NO-- These Scientists are MURDEROUS. He Pulls gasping crew-woman away from those grasping four-fingered mitts, unlimbers his disintegrator rifle and (Point-- these aliens are UNARMED, BTW) and he MOWS THEM DOWN!
Beyond that-- there's the Mumbo-Jumbo science-- How a Freeze Ray will create Anti-gravity for example.
The fact that mysterious light rays can turn innocent scientists into Zombie Slaves-- and nobody gets alarmed when the scientist starts clutching his head and stumbling around Or the fact that on the moon, the Alien Mastermind has a FLEET of flying saucers under his claw-- but can only get a single Zombie Slave to do the task of blowing up the Earth Spaceships. And Tells him to HURRY! HURRY! But beyond that-- the spacebattles, the disintegrator rays, the Moonbase, the Moon Battles.
If you're a Sci-Fi buff, put this one on when your friends are over on a rainy or cold winter Saturday Afternoon. Within its limitations, It's an exciting movie from the Age of Outer Space.