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Conquest of Space -- From a space wheel 500 miles above the Earth, commander Samuel Merritt (Walter Brooke) and his men (including Eric Fleming and Benson Fong) construct a sleek robot, then receive orders providing their new craft's destination: Mars!
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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One of the classics of the 50's See more (47 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)
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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:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
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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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
One of the classics of the 50's, 21 July 1999
Author: possum-3

Intended as a follow-up to his previous success DESTINATION MOON, George Pal puts together a visually-impressive rocketship story that is largely successful, if a tad slow. While the first film used science-fiction author Robert Heinlein for its source material, this film uses the works of rocket scientists Willy Ley and Werner Von Braun. The difference between the two beginnings result in a little less characterization, and a little more emphasis on the hardware.

Some of the characters and situations are standard sci-fi fare, but the quality of the execution is remarkably high. Production values are top-notch, and show Pal's touch despite budget limitations. Some stock character relationships (the father/son turmoil, the commander's breakdown) fill in less serviceably, but the honest adventure works, far better than recent 'sci-fi' epics like ARMAGEDDON, which tread the same hackneyed stereotypes and cliches, but without the honest enthusiasm and optimism of the earlier, more innocent time. What results is still a superior product to most of the 50's SF pictures.

I can think of few other films with the stunning, vibrant color of this one--it's rather sad that Hollywood can't do these glowing hues and bright visuals anymore.

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