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
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
You know, whenever I see you, I get the feeling that Barbicane is up to no good.
Referenced in Rewind This!
from Forbidden Planet (1956)
composed by Bebe Barron
and Louis Barron
heard during the scenes on board the rocket See more