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.

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    Hi, 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?
    – DavidW
    Oct 25, 2022 at 2:00

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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.

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    Wow, 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!
    – McBain007
    Oct 25, 2022 at 22:43
  • David, sorry I saw this on television, and it was the cubes that had the horn on top.
    – McBain007
    Oct 25, 2022 at 22:44
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    @McBain007: You can accept by clicking on the checkmark by the voting buttons.
    – FuzzyBoots
    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.

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  • Given that OP has already confirmed that it's 'The Terrornauts' that they were thinking of, this answer seems unnecessary
    – Valorum
    Oct 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 :-)
    – Valorum
    Oct 27, 2022 at 13:44

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