Salvage 1 (1979– )
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Salvage company sees a prospect in recovering abandoned items in space. They build a makeshift rocket and launch it amongst resistance from the government.


Lee Philips


Mike Lloyd Ross


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Griffith ... Harry Broderick
Joel Higgins ... Skip Carmichael
Trish Stewart Trish Stewart ... Melanie Slozar
J. Jay Saunders ... Mack
Raleigh Bond Raleigh Bond ... Fred
Jacqueline Scott ... Lorene
Peter Brown ... Bill Kelly
Lee de Broux ... Hank Beddoes (as Lee De Broux)
Richard Eastham ... Commentator
Richard Jaeckel ... Jack Klinger
Ron Stokes Ron Stokes ... Frohm
Peter MacLean ... Teague
William Larsen ... Joseph Cameron
Larry Pennell ... Street
Joel Lawrence Joel Lawrence ... Air Force Sergeant


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A group of people build their own rocket and lunar vehicles to return to the moon and salvage NASA leftovers. Cameras, vehicles, etc. All kinds of intrusion from NASA and other government types. Written by Chip Lowell <>

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When Skip and Harry discuss the projected plan to the rest of the crew, the question of fuel type is raised. Harry states that "According to Mel we can do it with less than a thousand gallons". One of his staff says "A thousand gallons? It took NASA over a hundred thousand gallons". In actuality, between all 3 stages of the Apollo 11 Saturn V, the rocket consumed over 966,650 gallons of fuel to launch. See more »


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A lost gem from the 1970's, AND IT'S ON VIDEO !!!!!!
5 October 2005 | by pizzawarrior1956-1See all my reviews

This is a special memory for those of a certain age, who still believed that anything was possible, especially if it is explained in such a way as to be believable.

Imagine a millionaire junk man putting together a spaceship in his junkyard, and with the help of a ex-astronaut and an attractive explosives expert, flies to the moon to salvage the remains of the Apollo missions !!!!

Not that far-fetched really, at least after watching this intelligently-written, imaginative movie.

Star Andy Griffith still shines true as the American 'everyman', a character he perfected after all his years in Mayberry, with a likable supporting cast backing him up.

Joel Higgins is laid back just enough as astronaut Addison "Skip" Carmichael; who has perfected "The Trans-Linear Vector Principle", as a surefire way to get to the moon; and Trish Stewart is great, playing an intelligent, though beautiful woman; whose knowledge of explosives creates the 'super rocket fuel' necessary to bring the project together.

All in all, a GREAT MOVIE that still holds up !!!!

And by the way, IT IS ON HOME VIDEO !!!

I have recently learned that a DVD set featuring the COMPLETE TV series is available, which includes this film, which was the official series pilot.

I have only seen it available on eBay, and is going for top dollar, so check around.

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20 January 1979 (USA) See more »

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