Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)

Any of the women-dominated science fiction societies in films can be traced back to this movie, an independently produced 3D film produced by Jack Rabin and Al Zimbalist (the man who also brought us Robot Monster and King Dinosaur). It was directed by Arthur Hilton, who was better known for his TV career.

Scientists on a trip to the moon find a race of cat-women, the last survivors of a two-million-year-old civilization who live within the caverns of the lunar surface. They have it all — sharp black fashion, great makeup and sweet beehives hairdos. Oh, and a giant moon spider or two to take care of the guys who get in their way.

Their leader, Alpha, has the plan to head to Earth and subliminally control our women, starting with Helen Salinger (Marie Windsor, who was 5’9″ and usually towered over the actors she played against), the only woman on the moon mission. After violence doesn’t work, seduction pretty much does, which nearly strands the men on the moon. Luckily, one of the cat-women, Lamba (Susan Morrow, Macabre), tells one of the men that she’s in love with him but must kill him. Hijinks, as they say, ensue.

This movie recycles the costumes and sets from Project Moonbase and Destination Moon. It’s pretty much a green movie, as it was also recycled and remade as Missile to the Moon.

The only thing that can stop the cat-women from building a matriarchal utopia? One American man with a gun. Think that one over as you watch all sixty some-odd minutes of this.

You can watch this on YouTube.

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