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Conquest of Space (1955)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 20 April 1955 (USA)
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An American-led team of International 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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Imoto
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An American-led team of International 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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The spaceship model was later used as a background set decoration in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). See more »

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The transparent image of an effects crewman can be clearly seen to the right of the screen, hunched over, pulling Siegle and Fodor during the antenna repair sequence just before the asteroid hits. 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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Great effects, but a questionable story . . .
1 November 2001 | by (Fayetteville, GA) – See all my reviews

Ambitious in scope, undeniably action-packed: George Pal's third 1950s sci-fi film is loaded with glorious, Technicolor special effects that rival `2001: A Space Odyssey' (supervised by John P. Fulton). The basic plot (the first manned mission Mars) can be criticized for being little more than a rehash of `Destination Moon' -- but it's a theme no one really minds repeating.

Unfortunately, the movie suffers mightily from the embarrassing performances of some of its stars. The script contains several ethnic stereo-types which are just short of tasteless ethnic jokes. Perhaps the film's worst flaw is its choice of `villains' -- a mission commander who goes crazy from reading the Bible too much. The message isn't really anti-religious, but it can easily be misinterpreted as such.

However, if you're able to get around this particular flaw, `The Conquest of Space' is a wonderful science fiction adventure. Impressive sets and props by art directors Hal Pereira and Joseph MacMillan Johnson. Excellent music by Van Cleave (`The Space Children', `The Colossus of New York'). The story is based on a book by Willy Ley and Chesley Bonestell (who also provided the great space art which the matte shots are based on).

When you watch this film, remember that the plans for the first satellite -- much less the first Mars mission -- were years away. All in all, they did pretty good. And my class of fourth grade students agree.


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