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Rocketship X-M (1950)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 2 June 1950 (USA)
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An astronaut crew on their way to the Moon are unexpectedly propelled by gravitational forces and end up on Mars instead.

Director:

Kurt Neumann

Writers:

Orville H. Hampton (additional dialogue) (as Orville Hampton), Kurt Neumann
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lloyd Bridges ... Col. Floyd Graham
Osa Massen ... Dr. Lisa Van Horn
John Emery ... Dr. Karl Eckstrom
Noah Beery Jr. ... Maj. William Corrigan
Hugh O'Brian ... Harry Chamberlain / Voice on Loudspeaker
Morris Ankrum ... Dr. Ralph Fleming
Patrick Aherne Patrick Aherne ... Reporter #1 (as Patrick Ahern)
Sherry Moreland Sherry Moreland ... Martian Girl
John Dutra John Dutra ... Physician
Kathy Marlowe Kathy Marlowe ... Reporter (as Katherine Marlowe)
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Storyline

Astronauts (Lloyd Bridges, Osa Massen, John Emery, Noah Beery, Jr., and Hugh O'Brien) blast off to explore the moon. Because of craft malfunction and some fuel calculations, they end up landing on Mars. On Mars, evidence of a once powerful civilization is found. The scientists determine that an atomic war destroyed most of the Martians (who surprisingly look like humans). Those that survived reverted to a caveman-like existence. Written by Matthew Soffen <matt@tuxie.aai.com>

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ZOOM through the Universe the Screen's First Story of Man's First Conquest of Space! GASP at the Daring Courage of Four Men and a Girl as They Thunder Between Planets on a Runaway Rocket! You've Read About It! You've Heard About It! Now SEE it! See more »

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Sci-Fi

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

One of the correspondents is played by Judd Holdren, who would soon be part of the new space craze himself in the title role of the serial Captain Video, Master of the Stratosphere (1951). See more »

Goofs

During the ships descent to Mars, one of the characters said "the ships altitude was 50 miles". The next scene showed the altimeter with an altitude of 60 miles. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Ralph Fleming: Tomorrow we start construction of RXM-2.
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Alternate Versions

In 1978, a "Special Edition" was released by Wade Williams with new special effects scenes (shot in color in 1976). This is the version available in USA on video. See more »

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ONE OF THE MOST ATMOSPHERIC OF THE 50'S SCI-FI'S
19 July 1999 | by Irv-9See all my reviews

Writer-Producer-Director Kurt Neumann put together an excellent ensemble cast, and accomplished having Lippert Pictures finance this $96,000 venture in 1950. This is a simple picture that works due to fine direction, players and technical staff. Karl Struss, one of Hollywood's most admired photographers, lensed the picture. One of the best known American composers, Ferde Grofe, wrote the musical score, and one reviewer found it more original than John Williams' STAR WARS score. Although the technical knowledge that exists today dates the picture somewhat, this picture is not campy because it has a serious tone to it, and most audiences key in on that. The original soundtrack recording of the score received an LP release on the Starlog label during the 70's. There are now moves underfoot to re-record the entire score for a CD release, possibly in 2001.

ROCKETSHIP XM received some updates in the 70s, when some new special effects scenes were shot and released on VHS. This version is currently available from video sources.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

None Came Back See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$94,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Lippert Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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