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From the Earth to the Moon (1958)

In 1868, American inventor Victor Barbicane develops a powerful military explosive that he also uses as fuel for a moon-bound rocket manned by himself and a motley crew.

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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 Anonymous

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The Amazing Story of the Boldest Adventure Dared by Man!


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This was one of the last films produced for RKO. By the time it was completed, RKO had ceased production and distribution. It was released through Warner Brothers. See more »

Goofs

The arrangement of the interior of the spacecraft is erroneous. Since the rocket is always accelerating, the tip of the spaceship/projectile should be pointed towards the moon. However, the observation room shows the moon dead ahead from windows that open to the side, 90 degrees from the line of trajectory. Also the interior of the projectile should be longitudinal; however, there are rooms that lead off to the sides of the center of the projectile. The lack of weightlessness could be explained by the fact that the rocket engines are always operational. See more »

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Morgana: You know, whenever I see you, I get the feeling that Barbicane is up to no good.
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Electronic Tonalities
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from Forbidden Planet (1956)
composed by Bebe Barron and Louis Barron
heard during the scenes on board the rocket
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I liked it!
11 December 2004 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

I got a real kick out of watching the hokey special effects. A space suit with a helmet that uses screws to hold it in place, and snaps up the front? How effective is that? And the odd contraption that spins the three sea-faring astronauts, and conveniently subsides in place for the first to regain consciousness to slide out of it, then rotate his two buddies in turn to exit the mechanism. I wondered who would start the thing back in motion upon re-entry… And the gyro scope! It reminded me of Jodie Foster in Contact, where she journeys through space and time in a similar invention. The extensive use of wood puts Starship Voyager to shame, and the lack of zero gravity (drinking wine to celebrate take off) is downright amusing.

But what really made the movie work for me, was the poetic language as Virginia Nicholl Debra Paget) realizes they are all going to die. We could live to we are really old, and die quietly in our sleep, but how much better to go out as star, a blazing star, for all the world to see! To which Barbicane replies, that if he ever gets back to Earth alive, he will make sure all future voyages will include a woman, for hope. How could they possibly have foreseen the catastrophic re-entry into Earth's atmosphere by Space Shuttle Columbia in February 2003? Where not just one but two women, Commander Laurel Clark and Dr. Kalpana Chawla joined five men in instant death. Sure, the parallels to Power X and atomic warfare were already obvious in 1958, but the simplistic plot tells a whole lot more. To quote a great man, 'The cause in which they died will continue. Mankind is led into the darkness beyond our world by the inspiration of discovery and the longing to understand. Our journey into space will go on.'


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