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Rocketship X-M (1950)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 2 June 1950 (USA)
An astronaut crew on their way to the Moon are unexpectedly propelled by gravitational forces and end up on Mars instead.

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Astronauts (Lloyd Bridges, Osa Massen, John Emery, Noah Beery, Jr., and Hugh O'Brien) blast off to explore the moon. Because of craft malfunction and some fuel calculations, they end up landing on Mars. On Mars, evidence of a once powerful civilization is found. The scientists determine that an atomic war destroyed most of the Martians (who surprisingly look like humans). Those that survived reverted to a caveman-like existence. Written by Matthew Soffen <matt@tuxie.aai.com>

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One of the correspondents is played by Judd Holdren, who would soon be part of the new space craze himself in the title role of the serial Captain Video, Master of the Stratosphere (1951). See more »

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During the ships descent to Mars, one of the characters said "the ships altitude was 50 miles". The next scene showed the altimeter with an altitude of 60 miles. See more »

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Floyd: I've been wondering, how did a girl like you get mixed up in a thing like this in the first place.
Dr. Lisa Van Horn: I suppose you think that women should only cook and sew and bear children.
Floyd: Isn't that enough?
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An early anti-nuclear war film done with imagination and style.
21 September 1998 | by See all my reviews

Despite what we would now consider laughable scientific goofs, this science-fiction film carried itself well as a dramatic film. The actors were all solid professionals. The Martian settings were believable. The sentiments, while a bit pretentious, were sincere and laudable. It was an early attempt at mature science-fiction and succeeded better than many more polished, but cynical efforts that came later on.


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