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Conquest of Space (1955)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 20 April 1955 (USA)
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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Gen. Samuel T. Merritt
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Capt. Barney Merritt
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Sgt. Mahoney
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Jackie Siegle
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Roy Cooper
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Dr. George Fenton
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Imoto
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Andre Fodor
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Sanella
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Donkersgoed
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Elsbach
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Rosie McCann
Iphigenie Castiglioni ...
Mrs. Heinz Fodor
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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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None of the actors' names appear in the opening credits. Their names appear only in the end credits. See more »

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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 »

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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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HOW THE FUTURE USED TO BE!
23 November 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Disregard the critics on this one. This unpretentious film has much to offer on many levels. First of all, the acting is very good, especially from first time non-actor Phil Foster, whose primary occupation was that of a 'stand up' comedian.

Also, the performance of the highly under appreciated character actor, Walter Brooke, is a winner. Brooke is believable as the General in charge of the Mars mission, whose mental fabric is rapidly deteriorating under the pressure of evolving religious misgivings about the divine role of humans in space. This challenge to religion, within the framework of a science fiction film, was quite daring for the time.

Although not one of Director George Pal's best, the film, nevertheless, affords an informative and highly entertaining look at how the "future used to be", as viewed by the 50's generation. And incredibly, among all of the things they got wrong, how very much they got right.


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