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Rocketship X-M ()


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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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Col. Floyd Graham
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Dr. Lisa Van Horn
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Dr. Karl Eckstrom
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Maj. William Corrigan
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Harry Chamberlain / Voice on Loudspeaker
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Dr. Ralph Fleming
Patrick Aherne ...
Reporter #1 (as Patrick Ahern)
Sherry Moreland ...
Martian Girl
John Dutra ...
Physician
Kathy Marlowe ...
Reporter (as Katherine Marlowe)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Coleman ...
Reporter (uncredited)
James Conaty ...
Doctor Taking Lisa's Blood Pressure (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Reporter at Press Briefing (uncredited)
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Reporter #3 (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by

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Kurt Neumann

Written by

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Orville H. Hampton ... (additional dialogue) (as Orville Hampton)
 
Kurt Neumann ... (written by)
 
Dalton Trumbo ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Murray Lerner ... executive producer
Kurt Neumann ... producer

Music by

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Ferde Grofé Sr. ... (as Ferde Grofé)

Cinematography by

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Karl Struss ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Harry Gerstad

Production Design by

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Theobold Holsopple

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Theobold Holsopple

Set Decoration by

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Clarence Steensen

Makeup Department

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Don L. Cash ... makeup artist (as Don Cash)
Robert Skotak ... special makeup: new footage (uncredited)

Production Management

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Betty Sinclair ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Frank Heath ... assistant director

Art Department

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Lou Asher ... property master

Sound Department

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Tom Lambert ... sound engineer

Special Effects by

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Don Stewart ... special effects
Tom Scherman ... special props: new footage (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Irving Block ... matte painter (as I.A. Block)
Jack Rabin ... special photographic effects creator
Bob Burns ... editor: rocket effects (uncredited) / miniatures: rocket effects (uncredited) / production manager: rocket effects (uncredited)
Kathy Burns ... production assistant: rocket effects (uncredited)
Mike Matney ... production assistant: rocket effects (uncredited)
Hal Miles ... camera operator assistant: rocket effects (uncredited)
Michael Minor ... effects artist: rocket effects (uncredited)
Dennis Muren ... technical consultant: rocket effects (uncredited)
Tom Scherman ... designer: rocket effects (uncredited) / miniatures: rocket effects (uncredited)
Ron Seawright ... producer: rocket effects (uncredited)
David Stipes ... effects cameraman: rocket effects (uncredited)
Harry Walton ... effects cameraman: rocket effects (uncredited)
Wade Williams ... executive producer: rocket effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Calvin Spencer ... stunt coordinator (uncredited) / stunt double: Lloyd Bridges (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Walter Dalton ... grip (uncredited)
James Knott ... camera operator (uncredited)
John M. Lee ... gaffer (uncredited)
Buddy Longworth ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Richard Staub ... wardrobe supervisor
Bob Burns ... costumes: new footage (uncredited)
Kathy Burns ... costume coordinator: new footage (uncredited)

Music Department

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Albert Glasser ... musical director / orchestrator (uncredited)
Samuel Hoffman ... musician: theremin (uncredited)
Kerry O'Quinn ... music producer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Mary Chaffee ... set continuity

Additional Crew

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Robert L. Lippert ... presenter
Clarence Marks ... dialogue director
Michael Minor ... title designer: new titles (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines 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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Also Known As
  • None Came Back (United States)
  • Rocket to the Moon (United States)
  • Rocketship Expedition Moon (United States)
  • Journey into the Unknown (United States)
  • Vingt-quatre heures chez les Martiens (France)
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  • 77 min
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Budget $94,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia This movie contained a sequence showing the consequences of atomic war on Mars, and how it had destroyed the once advanced Martian civilization. This is one of the first times a movie showed the dangers of atomic war, and might have actually been the first. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Lost Continent (1951). See more »
Quotes Harry: From this distance it would only appear a mere speck.
Major Corrigan: A mere speck? *Texas* a mere speck?
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