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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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Sci-Fi

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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

The spaceship model was later used as a background set decoration in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). 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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One of the classics of the 50's
21 July 1999 | by possum-3See all my reviews

Intended as a follow-up to his previous success DESTINATION MOON, George Pal puts together a visually-impressive rocketship story that is largely successful, if a tad slow. While the first film used science-fiction author Robert Heinlein for its source material, this film uses the works of rocket scientists Willy Ley and Werner Von Braun. The difference between the two beginnings result in a little less characterization, and a little more emphasis on the hardware.

Some of the characters and situations are standard sci-fi fare, but the quality of the execution is remarkably high. Production values are top-notch, and show Pal's touch despite budget limitations. Some stock character relationships (the father/son turmoil, the commander's breakdown) fill in less serviceably, but the honest adventure works, far better than recent 'sci-fi' epics like ARMAGEDDON, which tread the same hackneyed stereotypes and cliches, but without the honest enthusiasm and optimism of the earlier, more innocent time. What results is still a superior product to most of the 50's SF pictures.

I can think of few other films with the stunning, vibrant color of this one--it's rather sad that Hollywood can't do these glowing hues and bright visuals anymore.


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