Men into Space

Season 1 Episode 12

Christmas On The Moon

Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Dec 23, 1959 on CBS
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Christmas On The Moon

When the moon passes through a comet's trail, McCauley takes two astronomers, Oliver Farrar and Jim Nichols, to a lunar observation post to watch the phenomena. But when Farrar is stricken with appendicitis, McCauley must go to get the doctor, and Nichols, an atheist, now begins to pray for a miracle that will save his friend.


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    Keith Larsen

    Keith Larsen

    Jim Nichols

    Guest Star

    Whit Bissell

    Whit Bissell

    Oliver Farrar

    Guest Star

    Patricia Manning

    Patricia Manning

    Edith Nichols

    Guest Star

    Charles Herbert

    Charles Herbert

    Peter McCauley

    Recurring Role

    Joyce Taylor

    Joyce Taylor

    Mary McCauley

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Edith Nichols wonders if two thousand years ago the comet might have passed overhead, marking the birth of Christ. That would place the events of the episode in December of either 2000 or 2001.

      • The McCauleys leave their two young sons alone at home to go shopping.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Narrator: It is each man's dream to be at home with his family. Sometimes for reasons beyond control, men are not able to get home. In this story which hasn't happened yet, these men will not be able to get home for Christmas because they spent Man's first Christmas on the moon.

      • Johnny: That's the comet? I thought comets whizzed.
        Pete: It is whizzing. It's going thousands of miles a second.
        Johnny: Then why don't I see it whiz?
        Pete: Because anything's that far away, even when it's whizzing, it doesn't whiz.
        Johnny: Ohh...

      • Pete: Is this for us? Just what I've always wanted.
        Johnny: I'll say. Just what I've always wanted. (whispers) What is it?
        Pete: It's a telescope, stupid.
        Johnny: Everybody knows that. I mean, what kind of telescope?

      • Edith: I thought you spent all your time star-gazing. Why didn't you tell us you were a musician?
        Oliver: Ah, because I'm an honest man.

      • Jim: (to his pregnant wife) Personally, I think Christmas should be abolished.
        Edith: Jim, please.
        Jim: Okay, okay, I'm only expressing an opinion. As far as I'm concerned, well, the most beautiful thing on earth is knowledge, knowledge based on science. Not faith. I don't believe in miracles.
        Oliver: Science has its limitations, Jim. And as for miracles, you're soon going to experience one.

      • Jim: Oh, God, if you are out there, You know that I've denied you. If You have the power, I ask nothing for myself. I pray only for the life of a wonderful man. For the life of a man who loves Thee.

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    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Oliver: So in his purple wrap receive me, Lord. By these his thorns give me his other crown.

        Oliver quotes in his delirium from poet John Donne's (1573-1631) poem "Hymn to God in my Sickness," stanzas 11 and 12.