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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

When Barbicane and Ben are calling Nicholl before boarding the spaceship, an insert shot of Nicholl supposedly looking at them from the ship's exterior entry is actually an insert of an interior shot seen later in the film (when Nicholl is watching the other two after the gyro malfunctions). 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
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Not as bad as all that
19 August 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I feel tvholic's views are a bit harsh. It mustn't be forgotten that Verne wrote this in 1865 some thirty years before Wells wrote 'War of the Worlds". It must also be remembered that RKO was going broke at the time so special effects were not what they should have been. Stars Joseph Cotten and George Sanders did well with the script they had. Where this will not go down as a great sci fi movie, it is still an interesting one if for no other reason than the interplay between Cotten and Sanders.

Stories like War of the Worlds, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and Around the World in 80 Days have lent themselves to the use of special effects and unfortunately for this film, the film production company did not have the wherewithal to have effects in the same class as the aforementioned three.


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