Queen of Outer Space (1958)

Genres - Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Space Adventure  |   Release Date - Sep 7, 1958 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This legendarily campy sci-fi epic (shot in color and CinemaScope, and rather lavish for a sci-fi film of this period) concerns a team of astronauts (all men -- this was 1958, you know) who are drawn off course and land on the planet Venus, only to discover it's populated entirely by beautiful women! The space travelers spend a lot of time drooling over their new hosts, dressed in highly practical mini-skirts, but the Venusian queen (Laurie Mitchell) does not much care for her visitors and wants to see them executed. However, not everyone on the planet takes such a hard line against the male gender. One of the Venusians is played by Zsa Zsa Gabor in what is probably the highlight of her film career; the original story was written by Ben Hecht. The producers helped stretch their budget by borrowing costumes and props from a number of other films, including spacesuits from Forbidden Planet, a spaceship from Flight To Mars and sets from World Without End (which was set on Mars, not Venus, though the differences must have escaped the film's scientific advisors).

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space, alien [not human], Amazon, astronaut, battle-of-the-sexes, capture, crash, destruction, earth, planet, scheme, spacecraft, woman