Set just after the American civil war, businessman and inventor Victor Barbicane invents a new source of power called Power X. He plans to use it to power rockets, and to show its potential he plans to send a projectile to the moon. Joining him for the trip are his assistant Ben Sharpe, Barbicane's arch-rival Stuyvesant Nicholl, and Nicholl's daughter Virginia. Nicholl believes that Power X goes against the will of God and sabotages the projectile so that they cannot return to earth, setting up a suspenseful finale as they battle to repair the projectile. Written by
The Amazing Story of the Boldest Adventure Dared by Man!
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This went into production as RKO was preparing to shut down. It was believed to have had a much larger budget which was later cut. This greatly affected the quality of the special effects. See more
During the meteor shower, sparks from the passing meteor fall through the main viewing port into the ship, revealing the absence of glass. See more
from Forbidden Planet
composed by Bebe Barron
and Louis Barron
heard during the scenes on board the rocket See more