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Flight to Mars (1951)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  11 November 1951 (USA)
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Five astronauts successfully fly to Mars where they encounter seemingly friendly and advanced inhabitants who harbor covert plans to use their ship to invade Earth.

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Complete credited cast:
Marguerite Chapman ...
Alita
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Steve Abbott
Arthur Franz ...
Virginia Huston ...
Carol Stafford
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Dr. Lane
Morris Ankrum ...
Ikron
Richard Gaines ...
Prof. Jackson
Lucille Barkley ...
Terris
Robert Barrat ...
Tillamar (as Robert H. Barratt)
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A newspaper reporter and a bunch of scientists fly a rocket to Mars just to find out that Martians look exactly like us. Mars is running low on one of their natural resources (Corium), and plan to steal the Earth astronauts' rocket and conquer Earth. The Martian underground helps the Earthmen stop the insidious plan. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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mars | martian | scientist | rocket | reporter | See more »

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The Most Fantastic Expedition Ever Conceived by Man! See more »

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11 November 1951 (USA)  »

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Matka avaruuteen  »

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Although Marguerite Chapman got top billing, she only appears in the last half of the movie. See more »

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Carol Stafford: [as Terris is showing off the conveniences of a Martian apartment] What I want to see is the kitchen.
Terris: The kitchen?
Carol Stafford: Yes, where food is prepared.
Terris: Oh, we don't have kitchens. We call it the food laboratory, and we have a large one for each district. You order your food. It is delivered ready to be served.
Carol Stafford: This is a woman's paradise.
Terris: As a matter of fact, I assumed you might be hungry and ordered some things for you. They should be here by now.
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Pedestrian 50s sci-fi soap opera
25 May 2005 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

There's nothing particularly unique or interesting about this run of the mill low budget sci-fi flick. Regardless of its pedigreed origin (the film is loosely based on a novel by Leo Tolstoy), the plot and overall themes of this film are in no way remarkable or original, the science is weak at best, and unfortunately, the film fails to even involve compelling action sequences.

The plot begins with a manned space flight to Mars, and though the main plot doesn't really get rolling until the ship lands, most of the most interesting scenes occur en route. Unfortunately, as soon as our interplanetary travelers touch-down, their previously interesting interpersonal relationships, speculations about cosmology and the meaning of life, and everything interesting about the film all give way to an only remotely coherent plot concerning Martian revolutionaries, environmental problems and not very convincing webs of deceit.

There is nothing very remarkable about the production quality of the film either. It's passable. And most of the acting is, though slow, OK. Cameron Mitchell is actually pretty good and plays a likable character. I guess the best quality of this film, from my perspective, is its fashion sense. The martians have very nice outfits! If this film had a point, it might have been much more interesting. Oh well.


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