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Conquest of Space (1955)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 20 April 1955 (USA)
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An American-led team of International astronauts leave their space station on the first mission to Mars, but the captain's religious beliefs may get in the way.

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Byron Haskin

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Chesley Bonestell (book), Willy Ley (book) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Walter Brooke ... Gen. Samuel T. Merritt
Eric Fleming ... Capt. Barney Merritt
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Sgt. Mahoney
Phil Foster ... Jackie Siegle
William Redfield ... Roy Cooper
William Hopper ... Dr. George Fenton
Benson Fong ... Imoto
Ross Martin ... Andre Fodor
Vito Scotti ... Sanella
John Dennis ... Donkersgoed
Michael Fox ... Elsbach
Joan Shawlee ... Rosie McCann
Iphigenie Castiglioni Iphigenie Castiglioni ... Mrs. Heinz Fodor
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An American-led team of International astronauts leave their space station on the first mission to Mars, but the captain's religious beliefs may get in the way.

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SEE how it will happen...within your lifetime...as man reaches his target for tomorrow... See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mars Project See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

After a dispute over how to depict the surface of Mars, Chesley Bonestell claimed never to have seen the final movie. See more »

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The transparent image of what appears to be the flying rig can be seen moving towards the upper left as the floating body of Fodor drifts after being struck. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: This is a story of tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow, when men have built a station in space, constructed in the form of a great wheel, and set a thousand miles out from the Earth, fixed by gravity, and turning about the world every two hours, serving a double purpose: an observation post in the heavens, and a place where a spaceship can be assembled, and then launched to explore other planets, and the vast universe itself, in the last and greatest adventure of mankind, the ...
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11 July 2002 | by samosSee all my reviews

I saw Conquest of Space as a 6 year old when it was first released. I was impressed with the Space Station, the Mars Rocket, the space walks and the landing on Mars.

I saw it again when it re-released in the 60's. I was older (teenager) and I was still impressed with it. The Mercury and Gemini programs were in full swing and I was looking forward to the establishment of a space station as a stepping stone to the conquest of space. The space ships were a little dated compared to what was actually being used.

I noticed the plot beyond the space ships. (1) The crew was right out of the Air Force movies of the 1940's and 1950's. (2) An Japanese-American was one of the crew: he hoped that with the resources they might find on Mars that the nations of the world could put an end to war. (3) The Commanding Officer was a little on the strange side about the exploration of another planet. My mother voiced pretty much the same thing: man wasn't supposed to mess around in space; that was God's domain! (4) The Sergeant was a typical Sr. NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer): loyal to the Chain of Command. (5) Just when things seemed to be working (growing the first plant on Mars) nature did it's best to upset everything. (6) The mission was accomplished with a minimum of casualties (2 dead) and the rest of the crew returned to base.

I got to see it again on the big screen (IMAX) in the 1980's when the Air and Space Museum (Washington, DC) showed it as part of a series of films on Science Fiction. Also included in the series was Forbidden Planet, 2001, Star Trek: the Wrath of Khan, and the original Star Wars.

This time I noted the special effects: very good for that day but a little dated by 1980's and today's standards. Imagine what George Pal could have done with CGI!

I recorded it years ago when it came on cable and took the commercials out. I've let my two sons (ages 7 and 4) see the movie. They like it almost as much as Star Wars. And it's a whole lot less violent!


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