Trying to find the name of an old black and white movie where a man and woman end up on an alien spaceship. The ship is full of cubes with kind of a horn out of the top. They plug caps into the cubes to learn how to operate and defend the space ship from an alien race. They fire missiles from a flimsy looking space ring at the alien space ships. At the end I remember them being transported back to earth. I can't seem to find anyone else who remembers this movie.
English 1950s sci fi movie where a man and a woman are on an alien spaceship that they control using cubes
3Hi, welcome to SF&F. Did you see this in a theatre or on TV? What country was it in? Do the cubes have a horn on top, or is the ship that has a horn on top?– DavidWOct 25, 2022 at 2:00
Your description reminds me of "The Terrornauts", a 1967 movie based on the novel "The Wailing Asteroid", by Murray Leinster. The story involves a group of characters who receive a radio signal from space. After they respond to the call, an alien ship appears and transports them to a deserted space station, where they are required as crew to repel an invasion by a different, hostile alien race.
1Wow, thanks! That is the movie. I was way off in the year, and now that I see the picture I;m starting to remember more. Thank you! Oct 25, 2022 at 22:43
David, sorry I saw this on television, and it was the cubes that had the horn on top. Oct 25, 2022 at 22:44
1@McBain007: You can accept by clicking on the checkmark by the voting buttons. Oct 26, 2022 at 19:05
This Island Earth (1955)
I don't remember the control cubes and can't find any pictures of them, but everything else fits with this classic movie:
- From the 1950s (though not black & white)
- A man and a woman are taken aboard an alien spaceship
- The spaceship fires missiles at alien spaceships
- After the battle, the man and woman are brought back to the Earth
In the images below, one of the spaceship's crew does wear a cap, though I can't tell if it is used to control the ship or missiles.
Given that OP has already confirmed that it's 'The Terrornauts' that they were thinking of, this answer seems unnecessary– ValorumOct 26, 2022 at 20:04
@Valorum: Since the OP didn't mark the above answer as correct, I didn't notice that he had accepted it. My bad. Oct 27, 2022 at 13:32
Always worth reading the comments :-)– ValorumOct 27, 2022 at 13:44