I never did get around to seeing Moon Pilot back when it was intheaters when I was a lad. Looking at it now, I'm sure glad I didn'twaste the money.<br><br>By 1962 the NASA Program for sending someone to the moon was launchedand the public generally familiar with it. I can't believe that eventhe Disney Studios could have worked within the parameters that wereknown to the public, even for this innocuous comedy.<br><br>Tom Tryon before Otto Preminger tried to make him a major star in TheCardinal was a Disney contract player and best known for the Texas JohnSlaughter films on television. Instead of going through the exactingselection process to be an astronaut, Tryon gets to be the first man togo to the Moon because the chimpanzee who had made the trip previouslyhad stuck a fork in him, causing him to jump and make General BrianKeith think he volunteered.<br><br>But that isn't all for our intrepid astronaut, this mysterious womanwith a French accent played by Dany Saval keeps trying to contact himto make sure a special coat of paint is used on the space ship.Otherwise Tryon will exhibit the same behavior as the chimpanzee. Andthat wouldn't be good because Saval's getting a thing for him.<br><br>Saval's not an American, but she isn't French either. She's from afaraway planet called Beta Lyrae and Tryon's attempts to at first shakeher involve the Air Force as personified by Keith and the FederalSecurity Agency as typified by Edmond O'Brien. Due to reasons ofnational security these two keep working at cross purposes and ofcourse neither are solving anything.<br><br>I have to hand it to Keith and O'Brien. Both these veterans realizedthis film was a turkey and then they proceeded to enjoy it the bestthey could with one of the great blustering contests of all time. Youhave to be your own judge to determine which one you think isoveracting more. Please note that the euphemism Federal Security Agencywas used for the FBI. No one, least of all at Disney Studio was goingto make fun of them in 1962.<br><br>Moon Pilot was one of the least successful of Disney films, itcertainly hasn't aged well. All of the cast did better things, even atthe Magic Kingdom.
Family / Comedy
Family / Comedy
An Air Force captain inadvertently volunteers to make the first manned flight around the moon. He immediately falls under the watchful protection of various security agencies, but despite all their precautions, a young woman who may be an enemy spy succeeds in making contact with the captain. The captain eventually discovers that this woman is not an enemy but rather a friend from a very unusual source.
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