The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)

Don Knotts is Roy Fleming, a small town kiddie-ride operator who is deathly afraid of heights. After learning that his father has signed him up for the space program, Roy reluctantly heads for Houston, only to find out upon arriving that his job is a janitor, not an astronaut. Anxious to live up to the expectations of his domineering father, Roy manages to keep up a facade of being an astronaut to his family and friends. When NASA decides to launch a lay person into space to prove the worthiness of a new automated spacecraft, Roy gets the chance to confront his fears.

Directing:
  • Edward Montagne

Writing:
  • James Fritzell
  • Everett Greenbaum

Stars:
Release Date: 1967-09-05
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  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 101
Jesse White
Jesse White
Donelli
Joan Shawlee
Joan Shawlee
Blonde in Bar
Jeanette Nolan
Jeanette Nola...
Mrs. Fleming
Don Knotts
Don Knotts
Roy Fleming
Leslie Nielsen
Leslie Nielse...
Major Fred Gifford
Joan Freeman
Joan Freeman
Ellie Jackson
Frank McGrath
Frank McGrath
Plank
Arthur O'Connell
Arthur O'Conn...
Arbuckle "Buck" Fleming
Nydia Westman
Nydia Westman
Aunt Zana
Paul Hartman
Paul Hartman
Rush
Robert F. Simon
Robert F. Sim...
Cervantes
Melissa Gilbert
Melissa Gilbe...
Niece
Burt Mustin
Burt Mustin
Ned
Marjorie Bennett
Marjorie Benn...
Sweetwater Citizen at Mailbox
Herb Vigran
Herb Vigran
NASA Doctor
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