Queen of Outer Space

Overview

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. ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Edward Bernds' Queen Of Outer Space still divides audiences and critics, a half-century after it was made, but in peculiar ways. Beyond a doubt, it is one of the campiest movies ever made -- back in the early 1980's, before MST3K was a fixture on cable, audience members at repertory showings would talk back to this picture. And no one -- not even Bernds himself -- would ever say it was a great, or even a very good movie; but it is a uniquely entertaining movie, that has enough of a sense of humor about itself so that its value as entertainment has only grown -- and seem more accessible -- in the 51 years since it was originally released. There are other movies of this sort, to be sure, most notably Edward D. Wood, Jr.'s Plan 9 From Outer Space -- but Wood sincerely believed that he was making a potentially great and important movie, and half of the fun of watching it is the deadly earnestness of its tone. Bernds and company had no such notions on Queen Of Outer Space -- not when the one astronaut says to another, about a bevy of stunning Venusian women, "How'd you like to take that to the senior prom." Actually, the writing credits on Queen Of Outer Space were among its most exalted attributes, although there's still some question as to whether Ben Hecht, who is credited with the story, ever actually "wrote" anything. And if Hecht did have a vision of this story, it was clearly set on a more sophisticated textual plane than the one occupied by the finished script written by Charles Beaumont, who certainly knew his way around the conventions of science fiction sufficiently well to parody them here. Bernds' approach to his material was clearly the correct one, and carried out skillfully, but he is helped in no small measure by a very cooperative cast. Eric Fleming seems to be taking everything very seriously as the stalwart captain of the Earth ship diverted to Venus -- doing anything else may well have been beyond his range at that point and perhaps beyond the scope of the part as written, but he does what is needed; Dave Willock steals almost every scene he's in as the clueless Lieutenant Cruze; and Patrick Waltz gives the performance of his career as Lieutenant Turner, the ladies man in the crew; and Paul Birch, wearing the considerably let-out costume worn by Walter Pidgeon in Forbidden Planet (all of the men wear hand-me-downs from that film), is a genial straight man for all of them. And then there's Zsa Zsa Gabor, who is doing what she is best at, simply portraying Zsa Zsa Gabor -- only Laurie Mitchell is really putting much effort into any of this, mostly because she's playing the farthest from type and working under heavy makeup and costuming. The music score by Marlin Skiles is also something of a miracle, managing to be both futuristic and playful in equal measures, and capturing the tone and mood of the action perfectly. None of it is great filmmaking but it is never boring and always entertaining, even the throwaway lines ("I'm the navigator baby, and they can't make a move without me," Waltz says, in all seriousness, to a breathlessly passionate Joi Lansing in the extended pre-credit sequence). There were lots worse ways to spend 80 minutes at the movies in 1958 than seeing Queen of Outer Space, and far less entertaining so-called comedies issuing forth every week in 2009.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2011
  • UPC: 883316397077
  • Original Release: 1958
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,344

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Zsa Zsa Gabor Talleah
Eric Fleming Capt. Neil Patterson
Laurie Mitchell Yllana, Queen of Venus
Paul Birch Prof. Konrad
Patrick Waltz Lt. Larry Turner
Barbara Darrow Kaeel
Dave Willock Lt. Michael Cruze
Lisa Davis Motiya
Marilyn Buferd Odeena
Laura Mason
Tania Velia
Mary Ford Venus Girl
Lynn Cartwright Venus Girl
Kathryn Marlowe Venus Girl
Marjorie Durant Venus Girl
Gerry Gaylor Base Commander
Norma Young Venus Girl
Technical Credits
Edward Bernds Director
William Austin Editor
William Beaudine Jr. Asst. Director
Charles Beaumont Screenwriter
Joseph Kish Set Decoration/Design
Emile LaVigne Makeup
Dave Milton Art Director
Ben Schwalb Producer
Marlin Skiles Score Composer
Wm. Whitley Cinematographer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE is a lot like make-up... it takes a combination of many parts to create the perfect face, and that's what we have here in this (at long last) DVD release of one of the best and most complete "B" movies ever made. I discovered QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE while working at a video store. To pass the time I put in this preplexing film for store play and was won over right from the opening. It was garish, glossy, frothy, sultry and all toppped off with dashes of pepper, salt and gold dust. It's a fashion runway with a plot. It features I LOVE LUCY lite comdey mixed with tongue twisting mad schemes and jabs at the basic nature of women themselves. Their vanity, their driving skills and the fact that their hair-brained ideas are more hair (cut and styled to perfection) than brain. A day didn't go by when I played this in store that a woman wouldn't come up and demand to know what I was playing, and why. But, once I introduced them to the box, the film was rented the very next second. The QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE was something that had to be seen to be believed and here's your chance. I have to admit, I love this film. It's not perfect, it borrows heavily from other films for its effects and costumes, and there are times when the balance of comdey and drama lurch abruptly from one scene to the next... but, as a whole, it works and works very well. While Zsa Zsa gets top billing, she is not the QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE, but the very model of a brilliant scientist with perfect taste in clothing and men. The QUEEN herself (Laurie Mitchell) is pure beast, yet still a beauty, just so long as you don't look at her face. You couldn't ask for a better pair for these roles... it's all snarling and darling and a riot from start to finish. Commentary is included and hosted by one of all time favorites, Tom Weaver. And he brought with him the QUEEN herself, Laurie Mitchell, and while I can't say this is the best commentary done by Weaver (there are too many gaps and long stretches of silence durning the commentary, so long in fact that I thought my copy may have had a fault. I'm used to Weaver spilling information like a waterfall - endless and always rushing to fit it all in the time allowed - he's not like that here), it is still a fun and heartfelt commentary from both Weaver and Mitchell, and will learn you a thing or two... such as the family connection between Paris Hilton and Zsa Zsa Gabor, something I never knew. Overall, QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE is a must have for any collector. It's a fun, funny and furious film that even a hundred years from now will still delight and entertain. So, don't pass this chance to have an audience with the QUEEN and enjoy.

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