May the 4th Be With You

(Above: James Spader in ‘Stargate.’ Source: IMDb)

May the Fourth Be With You is an unofficial Star Wars fan holiday. And this Saturday, May 4, Comet TV will run a movie marathon marking the date.

But alas, if you’re a Star Wars fan, these may not be the droids you’re looking for. Comet will show seven space-faring classics that have nothing to do with the Force, but nevertheless look like good B-movie fun.

Below is the complete marathon schedule. All times are ET/PT. Check for times in your market:

10 pm: Space Probe Taurus (1965). In the year 2000, Hope One embarks on a star trek, but an alien and meteorites send the spaceship veering into a sea of monsters on an uncharted world. Starring Francine York, James Brown (of Rin Tin Tin, not “The Godfather of Soul,” fame) and Baynes Barron.

12 pm: It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958). Back to the future. In 1973, astronauts attempt to bring back Col. Edward Carruthers (Marshall Thompson), the lone survivor of the first manned flight to Mars. Though suspected of murdering his crew, the rescue team realizes Carruthers may be innocent when a bloodthirsty beast is discovered on board their return flight.

2 pm: Starflight One (1983). Also titled Starflight: The Plane That Couldn’t Land, The Bionic Man’s Lee Majors is Captain Cody Briggs, pilot of the first commercial hypersonic flight. The plane accidentally goes into Earth’s orbit, and the crew must figure out how to land the thing without incinerating upon reentry. The cast includes Hal Linden, Lauren Hutton, Ray Milland, Terry Kiser, and Tess Harper.

Above: Lee Majors in Starflight One. Source: IMDb

4 pm: Message from Space (1978). You can feel the Force in this one. An evil empire, led by Rockseia XLL (Mikio Narita), threatens the planet Jillucia. The Jillucians enlist the help of pilot Aaron (Philip Casnoff), the well-off Meia (Peggy Lee Brennan) and burned-out General Garuda (Vic Morrow) to save them.

6 pm: Supernova (2000). A deep-space hospital ship, the Nightingale 229, answers a distress call from a distant galaxy. The six-person crew soon find themselves in danger from the young man they’ve rescued and an impending supernova. The cast includes James Spader, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Lou Diamond Phillips and Peter Facinelli.

8 pm: Stargate (1994). This time James Spader plays Dr. Daniel Jackson who, with gruff Colonel Jonathan “Jack” O’Neil (Kurt Russell) and his team, teleport to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians.

10 pm: The Angry Red Planet (1959). A mission to Mars encounters monstrous yet highly intelligent alien life forms, who have a word of warning for all humankind. Starring Gerald Mohr, Nora Hayden and Les Tremayne.

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About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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