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Cat-Women of the Moon: ideas of space travel in the 1950s.

30 Jul 2019, 23:08 UTC
Cat-Women of the Moon: ideas of space travel in the 1950s.
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IntroductionNo woman has yet set foot on the Moon in reality; but in science fiction there have been plenty of female lunar explorers.This 1953 black-and-white science fiction classic is credited with introducing the genre of female-only enclaves in space. It starred Marie Windsor as astronaut Helen Salinger, Carol Brewster as Alpha, leader of the cat-women, and Susan Morrow as Lambda.The remaining cat-women were played by the Hollywood Cover Girls: Betty Arlen, Suzann Alexander, Roxann Delman, Ellye Marshall and Judy Walsh. The Hollywood Cover Girls seem to have been a vaudeville act.I'm interested in this film for how it represents views of space and space travel in the early 1950s, four years before the launch of the first object into Earth orbit, and fifteen before humans really landed on the Moon. And also ,because cat-women.Why must we wait?The movie opens with with a thrilling declaration. The Freudian symbols in this passage are not subtle.The eternal wonders of space and time, the faraway mysteries and dreams of other worlds, other life, the stars, the planets. Man [sic] has been face to face with them for centuries, yet is barely able to penetrate their unknown secrets. Some time, some day, the barrier will ...

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