The Astronaut (1972)

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An elaborate deception emerges when an American astronaut is lost on a mission to Mars. Space agency officials fearful of losing public support and government funding decide to cover up the accident by employing an exact double for the lost astronaut. The ruse begins to unravel when the wife of the lost astronaut realizes she is living with a different man. Although angered by the deception, the woman has fallen in love with the replacement and plans to keep the secret. They both have a change of heart and decide to reveal the secret when they discover a new Mars mission is underway.

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Viooz Score: 6.4/10 from 5 votes
Release Date: 1972-01-08
Status: Released
Run time: 73 min / 1:13
Production Studio : Universal Television
Production Country: United States of America

The Astronaut Casts

Jackie Cooper
as Kurt Anderson
Monte Markham
as Eddie Reese / Col. Brice Randolph
Richard Anderson
as Dr. Wylie
Robert Lansing
as John Phillips
Susan Clark
as Gail Randolph
John Lupton
as Don Masters
Walter Brooke
as Tom Everett
James B. Sikking
as Astronaut Higgins
Paul Kent
as Carl Samuels
Loretta Leversee
as Toni Scott
Ray Dimas
as Freddie
Patsy Garrett
as Boy's Mother
Tom Hallick
as Agent Wilson
John S. Ragin
as Walters
Paul Micale
as Beachgoer
Richard Stahl
as Fred, Beachgoer's Friend
Bob Harks
as Photographer (uncredited)

The Astronaut Crew

Production Harve Bennett Producer
Writing Gerald Di Pego Teleplay
Directing Robert Michael Lewis Director
Editing Les Green Editor
Sound Gil Mellé Original Music Composer
Writing Robert Biheller Story
Writing Robert Biheller Teleplay
Writing Charles Kuenstle Story
Writing Charles Kuenstle Teleplay
Crew Alric Edens Cinematography
Art George C. Webb Art Direction
Editing John Kaufman Editor
Directing Robert Saunders Assistant Director
Crew Bob Harks Stand In