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?
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
When Virginia, and later Barbicane and Ben, are shown standing at the foot of the entrance ramp to the spaceship, the shadow cast by the ship is far too small for a craft as large as depicted in previous scenes. See more
Referenced in Trumbo
from Forbidden Planet
composed by Bebe Barron
and Louis Barron
heard during the scenes on board the rocket See more