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Conquest of Space -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Chesley Bonestell (book) and
Willy Ley (book) ...
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Release Date:
20 April 1955 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. | Full synopsis »
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In the 1980s, an international crew of astronauts explore Mars See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Walter Brooke ... Gen. Samuel T. Merritt

Eric Fleming ... Capt. Barney Merritt
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Sgt. Mahoney

Phil Foster ... Jackie Siegle
William Redfield ... Roy Cooper

William Hopper ... Dr. George Fenton
Benson Fong ... Imoto

Ross Martin ... Andre Fodor

Vito Scotti ... Sanella
John Dennis ... Donkersgoed
Michael Fox ... Elsbach
Joan Shawlee ... Rosie McCann
Iphigenie Castiglioni ... Mrs. Heinz Fodor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan Barton ... Crewman (uncredited)
Kei Thin Chung ... Japanese Replacement (uncredited)

Rosemary Clooney ... Musical Number (archive footage) (uncredited)
Don Dunning ... Replacement Soldier (uncredited)
Fred Essler ... Assistant Station Announcer (uncredited)
Rand Harper ... Rocket Pilot (uncredited)
Maurice Hart ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Jack Iversen ... American Soldier (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Operator (uncredited)
John Mansfield ... Turkish Soldier (uncredited)
George Marshall Jr. ... Soldier (uncredited)
Neyle Morrow ... Crewman (uncredited)
Harvey Parry ... Crewman (uncredited)
Tom Selden ... Officer (uncredited)
Richard Shannon ... Crewman (uncredited)
Bob Templeton ... Crewman (uncredited)
David Vaile ... Announcer (uncredited)
Jamieson Ward ... Crewman (uncredited)

Directed by
Byron Haskin 
 
Writing credits
Chesley Bonestell (book) and
Willy Ley (book)

Philip Yordan (adaptation) and
Barré Lyndon (adaptation) and
George Worthing Yates (adaptation)

James O'Hanlon 

Wernher von Braun  book "Mars Project" (uncredited)

Produced by
Frank Freeman Jr. .... associate producer
George Pal .... producer
 
Original Music by
Van Cleave 
 
Cinematography by
Lionel Lindon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Everett Douglas 
 
Art Direction by
J. McMillan Johnson  (as Joseph MacMillan Johnson)
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Frank R. McKelvy  (as Frank McKelvy)
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
C. Kenneth Deland .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel McCauley .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Chesley Bonestell .... astronomical art
 
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound
Harold Lewis .... sound
Ralph Hickey .... sound editor (uncredited)
Carl Mahakian .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ivyl Burks .... special photographic effects
Jan Domela .... special photographic effects
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects (as Paul Lerpae)
Irmin Roberts .... special photographic effects
 
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
Robert S. Richardson .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Wernher von Braun .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Dorothy Yutzi .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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81 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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None of the actors' names appear in the opening credits. Their names appear only in the end credits.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In most shots of the "Wheel", it is shown turning counter-clockwise. But in the scenes of Cooper being transported to it after becoming paralyzed aboard the rocket, the Wheel is suddenly turning clockwise - until the final shot of the rescue craft heading toward it, where once again it is moving counter-clockwise.See more »
Quotes:
[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 plunge toward the...
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
In the 1980s, an international crew of astronauts explore Mars, 29 July 1998
Author: George R. Willeman from Culpeper, VA

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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