Cinema a Go Go Is Over the Moon! Friday, June 14 / 7:00 pm Liberty Hall
Your favorite incredibly strange film series celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with two insane lunar epics from the 1950s!
Project Moonbase (1953) is a low budget sci-fi film that manages to be socially progressive and utterly misogynistic all at the same time! It's probably the first film of its kind to portray women in positions of authority and responsibility equal to men (the President of the U.S. is even a female!), all the while undermining them at every turn with lots of '50s-era smarmy sexism.
The film's actually based on a story by esteemed science fiction author Robert Heinlein and was originally intended as the pilot for a TV series. Somewhere along the line plans were changed and the pilot was hastily turned into a feature film.
From 1952 comes Radar Men from the Moon, originally a 12-chapter Republic serial, here edited into a feature film. This one features Commando Cody, the jetpack-wearing hero of several adventure films, including King of the Rocketmen (1949) and Flying Disc Man from Mars (1950).
With the U.S. under attack from a mysterious force, the government enlists the help of Commando Cody to root out the enemy. After a quick trip to the moon - which looks surprisingly like the California desert and where Cody and his pals cavort in the airless environment sans space suits - we learn that Retik, the evil Ruler of the Moon, intends to conquer the Earth.
What follows is a series of battles between Cody, the moon men and their earthly henchmen (one of whom is played by Clayton Moore, soon to be TV's Lone Ranger). Despite the occasional illogic of the plot, Radar Men does feature impressive special effects work by the legendary team of Howard and Theodore Lydecker.
Doors open 6:30pm - Tickets $10.00 at the door.
Retro Cocktail Hour - Kansas Public Radio, 1120 W. 11th St. - The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66044 • (785) 864-4530 • (888) 577-5268