Monday, 27 December 2010

The Net (1953)

The Net is a British film about the goings on at a secret aviation research base where they’re developing the M7; a prototype aircraft capable of travelling at speeds up to 2,000 M.P.H.  There’s murder, betrayal and intrigue and there are these pressure suits.
With the pressure suit being the progenitor of the space suit in fiction as well as fact, I notice that these are almost identical to the space suits used in the BBC Radio’s;  Journey into Space, publicity pictures the following year.  I did wonder where the Corporation had got them from as it seemed unlikely they would have gone to the time or expense of manufacturing them for the promotion of a radio show when they actually look far better than most of their televisual space suits.  Costume hire then.  The question is; were they made for The Net or did they have a life before the film?


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