Saturday, June 15, 2013

Mars Needs Women (1967)

Starring Tommy Kirk, Yvonne Craig, Warren Hammack, Anthony Houston, Larry Tanner
Directed by Larry Buchanan
(actor & director credits courtesy

A shortage of females on the planet Mars leads the Martians to launch a mission to abduct five Earth women and bring them back to Mars for research.

Although writer/director Larry Buchanan has been probably justifiably maligned for his body of work, this is one of his better efforts, even if the special effects are practically non-existent.  The hook here is the love story between lead Martian Kirk and an attractive lady scientist played by Craig, who imbues her with the same perky friendliness she would bring to her role as Batgirl on the Batman TV series.  More than in any of Buchanan's films, at least of those I've seen, her performance draws us into caring about these characters, making us forget the low budget trappings.

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