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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 »
User Reviews:
HOW THE FUTURE USED TO BE! 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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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
The spaceship model was later used as a background set decoration in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The crew uses Martian "snow" to replenish their water tanks. From what is known now about Mars, the snow would likely be dry ice flakes and would have produced the gas carbon dioxide when they sublimed, not water.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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30 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
HOW THE FUTURE USED TO BE!, 23 November 2000
Author: Allen J. Duffis (sataft-2) from USA

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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