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Conquest of Space (1955)

Approved  |   |  Sci-Fi  |  20 April 1955 (USA)
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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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Gen. Samuel T. Merritt
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Capt. Barney Merritt
Mickey Shaughnessy ...
Sgt. Mahoney
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Jackie Siegle
William Redfield ...
Roy Cooper
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Dr. George Fenton
Benson Fong ...
Imoto
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Andre Fodor
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Sanella
John Dennis ...
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Michael Fox ...
Elsbach
Joan Shawlee ...
Rosie McCann
Iphigenie Castiglioni ...
Mrs. Heinz Fodor
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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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20 April 1955 (USA)  »

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None of the actors' names appear in the opening credits. Their names appear only in the end credits. See more »

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When the spaceship jettisons its tanks upon entering the Martian orbit, the tanks burn up in the planet's atmosphere. In fact, the Martian atmosphere is so thin that there is little friction to so thoroughly destroy an object falling into the atmosphere. See more »

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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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Incredible color and visuals highlight the trip to Mars!
29 May 2004 | by (Rockport, Texas) – See all my reviews

The Technicolor process was seldom put to better use than on this George Pal production of mankind's first journey to Mars. The scenes on the space station (an elaborate wheel design) feature outstanding, beautiful star fields in radiant, cobalt blue. The ensuing trip to Mars contains the usual meteor episode, however it is carried off with a good degree of panache for a film of its time.

Sure, the "spiritual' story line is delivered heavy handedly; but once again the visuals (many taken from famous Chesley Bonestell paintings) fill you with awe as the ship lands on Mars and the crew struggles for survival.

"Conquest Of Space" should be enjoyed for its imagination(given its production time frame), its top-of-the-line, saturated Technicolor vistas; and also the interesting, enjoyable film score. The DVD version, just announced for October, 2004 release from Paramount, will undoubtedly be a visual feast for those that value the George Pal films of the 1950's!


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