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 In Nineteen-Hundred and Eighty-Five, during the course of the work undertaken to irrigate the Gobi Desert, a strange fragment of rock was discovered! Several remarkable features of this rock attracted the attention of the scientists engaged on the project! Research revealed it contained a spool! Further analysis showed the material to be extra-terrestrial in origin and not of human manufacture; where did it come from?

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First Spaceship On Venus (aka Planet of the Dead, Silent Star, Spaceship Venus Does Not Reply) is a 1960 German/Polish film depicting the investigation of a strange message which apparently originates with the planet Venus. An English dub was released in the United States by Crown International Pictures in 1962.

Determining that the meteorite/spool does indeed contain some mysterious message and that it was indeed launched from Venus, Earth's interplanetary spaceship Cosmokrator is dispatched to investigate. Shortly before arrival, the message is decoded: it is a blueprint for war, the Venusians planning to irradiate the Earth's surface. However, upon landing on Venus, the astronauts find only an inhospitable environment, and no Venusians. The crew of the Cosmokrator must continue investigating, to determine where the Venusians are, what their plans are for the human race, and what the human race can do about it.


Note that this article, in general, employs the names of the characters as provided in the English dub. For the sake of international readers, the following cast list is provided (copied from That Other Wiki):

Yoko Tani as Japanese female doctor / Sumiko Ogimura MD
Oldrich Lukes as American nuclear physicist / Prof. Harringway Hawling
Ignacy Machowski as Polish chief engineer / Prof. Saltyk / Orloff
Julius Ongewe as African TV technician / Talua
Michail N. Postnikow as Soviet Astronaut / Prof. Arsenew / Prof. Durand
Kurt Rackelmann as Indian mathematician / Prof. Sikarna
Günther Simon as German pilot / Robert / Raimund Brinkmann
Tang Hua-Ta as Chinese linguist / Dr. Tchen Yu / Lao Tsu

For the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode see here.

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