Mars Needs Women is as bad or as good as its title suggests—either way, you’re going to marvel at this mess-terpiece. The red planet has a female shortage due to "a critical recession of the Y chromosome," so Tommy Kirk (stalwart of ‘60s Disney flicks) leads a trio of fellow Martians to recruit fertile Earth chicks, including a stripper (of course), a stewardess (er, flight attendant), and a brainy reporter (the latter played by Yvonne Craig of "Batgirl" fame). Filmed in Texas on a budget of (apparently) a few hundred bucks, this bad-movie milestone incorporates Air Force archival footage, a time-capsule glimpse of Dallas nightlife (you’ll spot The Fortune Cookie on a marquee), and plenty of Martian snobbery about "the environmental naiveté of the Earthmen." To say it’s all a hoot is an understatement; Mars Needs Women is an enduring artifact of the pre-Easy Rider era—a drive-in disaster that won’t (and shouldn’t) go away. —Jeff Shannon
About Mars Needs Women (1967)
Starring: Don Campbell, Byron Lord, David England, Roger Ready, Terry Davis, Barnett Shaw, Neil Fletcher, Chet Davis, Tommy Kirk, Ron Scott, Patrick Cranshaw, George Edgley, Yvonne Craig, Dick Simpson, Warren Hammack, Bob Hazlett, Tony Huston, Ann Palmer, Larry Tanner, Gordon Bulow, Cal Duggan, Bill Thurman, Pat Delaney, Claude Earls, Sherry Roberts, Sally Casey, Donna Lindberg, Bob Lorenz, Bubbles Cash, Sylvia Rundell
Director: Larry Buchanan
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