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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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20 April 1955 (USA) See more »
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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 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
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

The spaceship model was later used as a background set decoration in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982).See more »
Factual errors: When the spaceship jettisons its tanks upon entering the Martian orbit, the tanks burn up in the planet's atmosphere. In fact, the Martian atmosphere is so thin that there is little friction to so thoroughly destroy an object falling into the atmosphere.See more »
[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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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Let's go to Mars.....tomorrow!, 25 October 2004
Author: jbrotychoorion from Santa Rosa, CA

I just bought the DVD of this film, since this was the first George Pal sci-fi film in cinemascope, and I thought it would look pretty good in the letterbox format. The quality was slightly better than the television versions I'd seen in the past, but not incredibly so. The DVD was pretty cheap, so I'm not that disappointed. This film has always interested me because I've always been able to pinpoint when a film was made just by its look, and this one stumped me as a kid. When I first saw this in the seventies on TV I thought, "gee, this is either a very good scifi film from the fifties , or a cheap, bad scifi film from the sixties"....since the effects were elaborate, but hokey, and virtually all the actors were from, or in the case of this film, about to be, familiar TV faces,,,,,with some actors terribly miscast, such as Phil Foster (Laverne DeFazios dad)as a master electrician, and Mickey O'shawnessey as the general's lapdog.....of course, once I realized this was made in 1955, and was a George Pal production, I knew the science would be relatively accurate for the era , and was. In fact its straight out of Von Braun's blueprints, which were eventually altered quite a bit when we actually went to the moon.

What really hurts the film for me, is the silly script which propels the "plot" such as it is. I mean, can you actually believe that the commander of the space station would assemble an enormous spacecraft and only question its design and "whats it for" after it is finished. Then , be told by the designer that it was made to travel to Mars and not the moon, as everyone had expected......and you leave, tomorrow!.....right, just like that, just hop in and go.... Then, as in George Pal's Destination Moon, you constantly have the dumb astronaut (in this case,Foster) asking stupid questions, so that the "audience" can get some accurate scientific explanation for why they can or cannot do something in space. For example , Foster is afraid to go outside the ship (going 20,000 mph)because he thinks he'll fall off and be left behind, but is assured that hes going as fast as the ship and there's no wind friction to blow him off. I mean, would you let someone that clueless go outside the ship to make repairs? Then there's the scene where the Foster is informed they wont be able to take off for a year, the next time the earth aligns with mars......gee, I kinda would like to know those little things before I volunteered for that mission......I kinda understand that its hard to relate all the scientific facts to the audience without sounding academic, but springing it on them in dialogue where the characters should reasonably already know the score.......reminds me of something Kubrick said when he was making 2001: a Space Odyssey....he never wanted to have a scientist in his space movie have to explain scientific principles to the Mr . Wizard,,,"well, Jimmy , it works like this",,,,,I paraphrase, of course....

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