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!
Did You Know?
Among the last-minute cost-cutting measures inflicted upon this film was the elimination of all scenes taking place on the moon. See more
When Victor Barbicane says that the wind speed is 10 miles per hour, there is an American flag in the background dangling straight down to the ground. If the wind were 10 miles per hour, that flag would be extended straight out. Additionally, when he puffs on his cigar, the smoke encircles his head. Obviously the wind is not blowing at all. See more
from Forbidden Planet
composed by Bebe Barron
and Louis Barron
heard during the scenes on board the rocket See more