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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Sci-Fi

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Approved | See all certifications »
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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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

None of the actors' names appear in the opening credits. Their names appear only in the end credits. See more »

Goofs

The crew uses Martian "snow" to replenish their water tanks. From what is known now about Mars, the snow would likely be dry ice flakes and would have produced the gas carbon dioxide when they sublimed, not water. See more »

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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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Interesting visuals, but the plot is horrible.
16 December 2004 | by otto4See all my reviews

This movie recently came out on DVD so I rented it from Netflix. I'm reasonably familiar with the plot and the work of Bonestell, Pal, and Willey Ley, so I don't think I had unreasonable expectations for this movie. Sadly my expectations were still to high, as I didn't enjoy this movie despite the interesting visuals done up by Chesley Bonestell and George Pal.

Compare this movie to the 1956 movie Forbidden Planet, and think about which one gives you a better 'futuristic' portrayal of how mankind has advanced in 'the future'. Even allowing for the un-PC aspects of the 1950's (which I find amusing/enjoyable, not offensive), the plot devices of Conquest of Space are absurd. There's no way that a mission to mars wouldn't catch the mental problems inherent in one of the main characters, which is the primary plot device for causing peril in the mission.

Buy/rent this movie for the visuals of the space vehicles and Mars, and for the place in sci-fi history this movie occupies, not because you expect this to be a 'good' movie. The basic premises of the plot are pretty heavily flawed and therefore annoying.


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