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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The screen's FIRST story of man's conquest of space! See more »

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Sci-Fi

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The original trailer for this film emphasized the fact that it was the first film involving space travel. It was in theaters more than three weeks before the first showings of George Pal's Destination Moon (1950). 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

Floyd: [Aloud about Lisa after the blood pressure reading have been taken on the entire crew] The weaker sex! She's the only one whose blood pressure is normal!
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Alternate Versions

In the original theatrical version, the Mars scenes were tinted pink/red. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999) See more »

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An early anti-nuclear war film done with imagination and style.
21 September 1998 | by Chiron-5See all my reviews

Despite what we would now consider laughable scientific goofs, this science-fiction film carried itself well as a dramatic film. The actors were all solid professionals. The Martian settings were believable. The sentiments, while a bit pretentious, were sincere and laudable. It was an early attempt at mature science-fiction and succeeded better than many more polished, but cynical efforts that came later on.


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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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Lippert Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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