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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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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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Elsbach
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Rosie McCann
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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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Ross Martin's film debut. 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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Not quite a classic, but a must for George Pal fans
26 March 2000 | by (West Point, MS) – See all my reviews

Conquest of Space is certainly worth a look for anyone examining the more realistic (at least at the time) cinematic examinations of space exploration. The space "wheel" scenes might be viewed as primitive precursors to the station in 2001. The acting and script are typical of the era--the comic relief in particular is grating at times. But the effects are well-done, especially shots of approaching rockets viewed from space, and meteoric fragments which bombard a hapless spaceman. A minor effort next to Pal's other films of the period, but not a bad way to spend an hour and a half.


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