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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Col. Floyd Graham
... Dr. Lisa Van Horn
... Dr. Karl Eckstrom
... Maj. William Corrigan
... Harry Chamberlain / Voice on Loudspeaker
... Dr. Ralph Fleming
Patrick Aherne ... Reporter #1 (as Patrick Ahern)
Sherry Moreland ... Martian Girl
John Dutra ... Physician
Kathy Marlowe ... Reporter (as Katherine Marlowe)
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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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The screen's FIRST story of man's conquest of space! See more »

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Journey into the Unknown  »

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$94,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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When George Pal announced production of his space epic Destination Moon (1950) this film was rushed into production to capitalize on it and beat Pal's film into theaters by several weeks. See more »

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Weightlessness appears to affect some props (harmonica, jacket), but not others (sandwich, papers, long hair, ties). See more »

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[Floyd and Lisa comfort Eckstrom, who was mortally wounded by a Martian's axe]
Floyd: Murdering savages!
Dr. Eckstrom: No Floyd. Poor fear-crazed despairing wretches. Pity them. Pity them!
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Edited into Lost Continent (1951) See more »

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Low budget sci-fi flick packs a punch
7 October 1998 | by See all my reviews

Hot on the heels of George Pal's publicity blitz for "Destination Moon" producer Lippert punched this quickie out in an attempt to cash-in at the box office. Pal threatened to sue if Lippert took his rocket to the moon at Pal's advertising expense;Lippert decided to avoid the court and 'knocked' his rocket off course-hence a trip to Mars ensues. Or so the legend goes! what remains is a tight sci-fi soap opera featuring a great supporting cast, and an ominous prediction for our future. By today's standards it is better than "Destination", and made for a fraction of the cost.


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