Moon Pilot

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Moon Pilot (1962 Movie)

“Moon Pilot” is a Disney live-action comedy film released in 1962. The movie is a lighthearted take on the early days of the space race and follows the misadventures of an Air Force pilot named Capt. Richmond Talbot (played by Tom Tryon).

The story begins when Capt. Talbot is selected to be the first astronaut to fly around the moon. However, his mission takes an unexpected turn when he encounters a mysterious young woman named Lyrae (played by Dany Saval) while on a trip to Disneyland. Captivated by her charm, Talbot finds himself entangled in a series of comic situations and misunderstandings that threaten to jeopardize his top-secret mission.

As Talbot struggles to maintain his cover and protect the classified information about the moon flight, he becomes increasingly entangled with Lyrae and her bizarre but harmless group of friends. Meanwhile, a secret government agent, Major Général Hommet (played by Brian Keith), becomes suspicious of Talbot’s behavior and starts investigating.

Throughout the film, the audience is treated to a mix of humor, romance, and science fiction elements. The plot takes unexpected turns as Talbot’s encounters with Lyrae and her group keep adding to the hilarity and confusion.

“Moon Pilot” was directed by James Neilson and written by Maurice Tombragel, based on the novel “Starfire” by Robert Buckner. The movie combines elements of comedy, romance, and sci-fi, typical of Disney’s live-action films of that era. The film captures the excitement and fascination of the early space race and adds a whimsical and comedic twist to the genre.

While “Moon Pilot” is not as well-known as some of Disney’s other films, it remains a charming and light-hearted family comedy that offers an entertaining look at the space age from a uniquely Disney perspective.

Additional Details


  • Tom Tryon: Captain Richard Talbot
  • Dany Saval: Lyrae
  • Brian Keith: Major General Vanneman
  • Edmond O’Brien: McClosky
  • Tommy Kirk: Walter Talbot
  • Bob Sweeney: Sen. Henry McGuire
  • Kent Smith: Secretary of the Air Force
  • Simon Scott: Medical Officer
  • Bert Remsen: Agent Brown
  • Sarah Selby: Mrs. Celia Talbot
  • Dick Whittinghill: Col. Briggs


  • Director: James Neilson
  • Producer: Walt Disney
  • Music: Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman

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