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
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As the rocket descends to the Martian surface, Harry continually reports their altitude. Their rate of descent increases until, from 15,000 feet to 6000, Harry is calling out the loss of altitude at the rate of 1000-2000 feet per second. At 6000 feet, Eckstrom says, "We're losing altitude too fast. Increase thrust to 3000 tons," whereupon Floyd slowly shifts the controls to increase the thrust. Between the time Ekstrom starts talking and the moment the rockets are heard starting their heavier thrust, at least 7 seconds elapse - which, according to the accelerating rate of descent previously called out by Harry, would mean that the ship should have crashed before Ekstrom finished his sentence. See more »
Ferde Grofe, one of America's great composers, was somehow persuaded by Lippert Productions to write the music score for their low budget production of ROCKETSHIP X-M. It is a wonderful operatic score, because RXM, after all, is a space opera. The main title is heroic in nature; the weightless music conveys that feeling perfectly, and there is a lovely tune, begun by a solo violin, that suits Lisa and Floyd's mild flirtations perfectly( very similar to THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY by Tiomkin, but written two years earlier). When the ship approaches and lands on Mars, the theremin is included in the orchestration for music that truly sounds alien. As the crew faces doom as they attempt to return to earth, the music takes on very dramatic moods. The picture's music ends with an upbeat Hollywood thrust. This is truly one of the outstanding sci-fi scores, and except for an original soundtrack LP album on the Starlog label (released in the 1970s) it has been virtually ignored. This score deserves a new and updated recording.
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