Category: 1950s

“It Came from Beneath the Sea” (1955). The spe…

“It Came from Beneath the Sea” (1955). The special effects still look pretty good on this one. Although the “octopus” had six arms to make things easier on the animators, making it a “hexapus.” 

Robert Fuqua.

Robert Fuqua.

I’ve often said that of the 1950s space shows …

I’ve often said that of the 1950s space shows aimed at a younger audience, the only one that was really a show of quality was Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, which had realistic science, and was based on ideas of brotherhood and close male cameraderie.

Marpessa Dawn in “The Woman Eater” (1958). 

Marpessa Dawn in “The Woman Eater” (1958). 

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The uniforms for the 50s space series “Space P…

The uniforms for the 50s space series “Space Patrol” were a bit different at the beginning of the show (top image) than they were at the end (bottom image). 

Once, someone asked me which of the 50s low budget space shows were any good, and I’ve told them the only one that’s really worth a rewatch at all is “Tom Corbett, Space Cadet.” It had a human element and people with real personalities, set around the camaraderie of young men who had a lot to learn. And Tom Corbett actually featured realistic science. One episode mentioned that you had to spend energy to decelerate in space, which, honestly…is better than most scifi shows today!

Emshwiller

Emshwiller

Modernist designs for bumper cars. 

Modernist designs for bumper cars.