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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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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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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)
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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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The spaceship model was later used as a background set decoration in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982).See more »
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Factual errors: A well-trained astronaut would not carelessly take off a glove to plunge a hand into unknown soil not knowing what chemicals or organisms would be in the dirt.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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27 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable, 11 July 2002
Author: samos from Washington, DC

I saw Conquest of Space as a 6 year old when it was first released. I was impressed with the Space Station, the Mars Rocket, the space walks and the landing on Mars.

I saw it again when it re-released in the 60's. I was older (teenager) and I was still impressed with it. The Mercury and Gemini programs were in full swing and I was looking forward to the establishment of a space station as a stepping stone to the conquest of space. The space ships were a little dated compared to what was actually being used.

I noticed the plot beyond the space ships. (1) The crew was right out of the Air Force movies of the 1940's and 1950's. (2) An Japanese-American was one of the crew: he hoped that with the resources they might find on Mars that the nations of the world could put an end to war. (3) The Commanding Officer was a little on the strange side about the exploration of another planet. My mother voiced pretty much the same thing: man wasn't supposed to mess around in space; that was God's domain! (4) The Sergeant was a typical Sr. NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer): loyal to the Chain of Command. (5) Just when things seemed to be working (growing the first plant on Mars) nature did it's best to upset everything. (6) The mission was accomplished with a minimum of casualties (2 dead) and the rest of the crew returned to base.

I got to see it again on the big screen (IMAX) in the 1980's when the Air and Space Museum (Washington, DC) showed it as part of a series of films on Science Fiction. Also included in the series was Forbidden Planet, 2001, Star Trek: the Wrath of Khan, and the original Star Wars.

This time I noted the special effects: very good for that day but a little dated by 1980's and today's standards. Imagine what George Pal could have done with CGI!

I recorded it years ago when it came on cable and took the commercials out. I've let my two sons (ages 7 and 4) see the movie. They like it almost as much as Star Wars. And it's a whole lot less violent!

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