Conquest of Space (1955)

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A team of American astronauts leave their space station on the first mission to Mars, but the captain's religious beliefs may get in the way.



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Complete credited cast:
Walter Brooke ...
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Mickey Shaughnessy ...
Sgt. Mahoney
Jackie Siegle
William Redfield ...
Roy Cooper
Dr. George Fenton
Andre Fodor
John Dennis ...
Michael Fox ...
Rosie McCann
Iphigenie Castiglioni ...
Mrs. Heinz Fodor


A team of American astronauts leave their space station on the first mission to Mars, but the captain's religious beliefs may get in the way.

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20 April 1955 (USA)  »

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Mars Project  »

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Ross Martin's film debut. See more »


Visible wires during virtually all of the anti-gravity and space suit sequences, but particularly visible attached to the helmet of the suit when the unconscious "Mahoney" is laid on the floor of the ship. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: This is a story of tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow, when men have built a station in space, constructed in the form of a great wheel, and set a thousand miles out from the Earth, fixed by gravity, and turning about the world every two hours, serving a double purpose: an observation post in the heavens, and a place where a spaceship can be assembled, and then launched to explore other planets, and the vast universe itself, in the last and greatest adventure of mankind, the ...
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In the 1980s, an international crew of astronauts explore Mars
29 July 1998 | by (Culpeper, VA) – See all my reviews

Although not the caliber of Pal's earlier space operas, "Conquest of Space" is still highly enjoyable. Besides the unique experience of viewing our future through the eyes of our past, it's interesting to see how many things they got right (and wrong) about space exploration. One of the most interesting devices, especially in light of the International Space Station, whose construction is supposed to commence in 1998, is "The Circle" a rotating, doughnut-shaped space station circling the earth, that is the main setting for the first half of the film. Along side The Circle is being built an enormous rocket ship that resembles a Northrop Flying Wing with a V-2 rocket strapped on it's back.

Sadly, Pal's special effects budget was cut short on this project leaving him somewhat short ended on the spectacle. All in all, however, this film is well worth a look.

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