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Destination Space (1959)

From space pioneers to modernday missions, it's a thrilling look at man's quest to conquer space.



(as Rip Van Ronkel)

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Complete credited cast:
Jim Benedict
Col. Matthews
Dr. A.A. Andrews
William Traylor ...
Space Ship Crew
Dr. Easton (as Edward C. Platt)
John Clarke ...
Space Ship Crew
Joel Lawrence ...
Space Ship Crew
Jon Lormer ...
Prof. Logan
Senator Royce


Destination Space is a terrific, slickly produced space opera with Agar and Towne in charge of a giant space station. During an attempted rocket launch, a meteor smashes into the station, crippling it! Later it's discovered that an overload within the rocket will cause a nuclear explosion-within minutes! HIGHLY recommended. 16mm. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

5 May 2001 (New Zealand)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Joseph Pevney woild direct some of the best Star Trek episodes, including Arena and Devil in the Dark. He would also be responsible for cadting a young Walter Koenig as Ensign Checov. See more »


Edited from Conquest of Space (1955) See more »

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As good as might be expected, but no better
17 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As a pilot for an unmade TV series this decent, if dull, little effort shouldn't be judged too harshly. I am glad it has survived.

The special effects are slightly above average for the period - as they should be, since they all seem to come from The Conquest of Space. The action scenes at the beginning and end are quite well staged and reasonably tense, but the middle section is just establishing characters and situations that would have been developed later in the series, so it is inevitable that it does not have the momentum of a stand-alone movie. The acting is 'so so'.

This is just an oddity of mild historical interest only, but I feel it is worth acknowledging its existence, because it is actually the most convincing depiction of the dawning of the space age to appear at any time in the Fifties. It is certainly more convincing than the Pal movie it pillaged for its special effects.

It is the first time that space travel was shown in a plausible political context. The first time it was ever suggested that space travel was not just a technological triumph and a great adventure: that cost and financial justification was part of the equation as well.

These are small merits in what is, in truth, a fairly tedious fifty minutes, but I am glad to have seen it and have a slight regret that there was not at least one season of the show.

Check it out if, like me, you have a particular fondness for Fifties' SF and a stamp collector's desire to see everything that was made in this era.

Just don't expect an undiscovered minor classic.

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