Monday, June 19, 2017

A Quick Look: MOON PILOT (1962 - color)

   MOON PILOT was one of those delightful live-action 60's Disney movies which could easily have been spun off into a sitcom (and in fact sort of predicts I Dream Of Jeannie). In the film, Tom Tryon is selected for a manned space flight, despite the fact that the astro-chimp sent previously has returned to Earth in a state of insanity. When adorable Dany Saval enters the picture, she claims to be a space-lady with a formula which can coat the nose of the next rocket and prevent the cosmic rays from scrambling Tom's brain. Naturally, Tom thinks she's a spy (or just crazy). And even after she convinces Tom of her sincerity, the brass still has her marked as a spy. So you end up with Tom and Dany desperately trying to speak to each other while the government and military are doing everything they can to prevent to two from getting close. The star-studded cast includes such familiar faces as Brian Keith, Edmond O'Brien, and guest-star Tommy Kirk. Miss Saval is one of the cutest things you'll ever see. Nearly forgotten comedy has a lot going for it, and is worth tracking down if you like a fun Space Age rib-tickler.

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