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Flight to Mars (1951)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi | 11 November 1951 (USA)
Five astronauts successfully fly to Mars where they encounter seemingly friendly and advanced inhabitants who harbor covert plans to use their ship to invade Earth.

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Lesley Selander

Writer:

Arthur Strawn (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marguerite Chapman ... Alita
Cameron Mitchell ... Steve Abbott
Arthur Franz ... Dr. Jim Barker
Virginia Huston ... Carol Stafford
John Litel ... Dr. Lane
Morris Ankrum ... Ikron
Richard Gaines ... Prof. Jackson
Lucille Barkley Lucille Barkley ... Terris
Robert Barrat ... Tillamar (as Robert H. Barratt)
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Storyline

A newspaper reporter and a bunch of scientists fly a rocket to Mars just to find out that Martians look exactly like us. Mars is running low on one of their natural resources (Corium), and plan to steal the Earth astronauts' rocket and conquer Earth. The Martian underground helps the Earthmen stop the insidious plan. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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The Most Fantastic Expedition Ever Conceived by Man! See more »

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Sci-Fi

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vuelo a marte See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The name of Marguerite Chapman's character is derived from the Queen of Mars from the classic Soviet silent film Aelita (1924). See more »

Quotes

Steve Abbott: [looking at the Earth through the port hole of the spaceship] Ah, the Earth seems so big when you're on it... from out here so small and nothing. It's like closing your eyes in the dark and suddenly you're alone with your soul.
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Pedestrian 50s sci-fi soap opera
25 May 2005 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

There's nothing particularly unique or interesting about this run of the mill low budget sci-fi flick. Regardless of its pedigreed origin (the film is loosely based on a novel by Leo Tolstoy), the plot and overall themes of this film are in no way remarkable or original, the science is weak at best, and unfortunately, the film fails to even involve compelling action sequences.

The plot begins with a manned space flight to Mars, and though the main plot doesn't really get rolling until the ship lands, most of the most interesting scenes occur en route. Unfortunately, as soon as our interplanetary travelers touch-down, their previously interesting interpersonal relationships, speculations about cosmology and the meaning of life, and everything interesting about the film all give way to an only remotely coherent plot concerning Martian revolutionaries, environmental problems and not very convincing webs of deceit.

There is nothing very remarkable about the production quality of the film either. It's passable. And most of the acting is, though slow, OK. Cameron Mitchell is actually pretty good and plays a likable character. I guess the best quality of this film, from my perspective, is its fashion sense. The martians have very nice outfits! If this film had a point, it might have been much more interesting. Oh well.


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