One, colonels don't say 'no' to generals . Two, you're not a super-woman, you're a spoiled brat. Three, any more guff out of you and I'll turn you over my knee and spank you.
- General Greene

For the episode, see MST3K 109 - Project Moon Base.

Project Moon Base is a 1953 science-fiction film directed by Richard Talmadge. The screenplay was co-written by renowned author Robert Heinlein.


Set in a future 1970, the United States is considering building bases on the Moon. Colonel Briteis, Major Bill Moore, and Doctor Wernher are sent to orbit the Moon to survey landing sites for future lunar missions. However, Dr. Wernher is an impostor whose mission is to destroy the US's Earth-orbiting space station, which he plans to do by colliding the rocket with the station on the way back from the Moon.

During the voyage to the moon, Wernher inadvertently reveals himself to be an imposter. In the ensuing struggle for the control of the rocket, Col. Briteis has to make an emergency landing on the Moon. With them all marooned, Dr. Wernher redeems himself by helping establish communications with Earth, but he is killed in an accident.

In response to the unexpected turn of events, the US authorities decide to make the immobilized spaceship the core of a new moon base. To avoid a scandal, the mission commander General Greene cajoles Major Moore into proposing marriage to Colonel Briteis (so as not to have an unmarried male and female astronaut alone in close quarters for weeks). Briteis accepts, but requests that Major Moore be promoted to Brigadier General after they are married so that he will outrank her.


  • Donna Martell as Col. Briteis
  • Ross Ford as Major Bill Moore
  • Larry Johns as Dr. Wernher
  • Hayden Rorke as General Greene
  • Herb Jacobs as Mr. Roundtree
  • Barbara Morrison as Polly Prattles
  • Ernestine Barrier as Madame President


  • This film was originally intended as the pilot film for a TV series to be called Ring Around the Moon. When science-fiction movies started to become popular, producer Jack Seaman added enough footage to the film to bring it up to feature length. This was done without the knowledge of writer Robert A. Heinlein, who disowned the result.
  • This movie and 1953's Cat-Women of the Moon (which became a RiffTrax presentation in 2016) were made using some of the same sets and costumes and were released within one day of each other. Both use spacesuits from Destination Moon (1950), but Project Moon Base added new helmets.
  • Actor Hayden Rorke later had a regular role on the TV sitcom I Dream of Jeannie as the psychiatrist Dr. Bellows.
  • Actor Barbara Morrison (who played Polly Prattles) should not be confused with the popular jazz singer of the same name.

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