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Rocketship X-M (1950)
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07.04.09

Rocketship X-M (1950) Astronauts (Lloyd Bridges, Osa Massen, John Emery, Noah Beery, Jr., and Hugh O'Brien) blast off to explore the moon on. 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 determinted that an atomic war destroyed most of the Martians (Who suprsingly look like humans). Those that survived reverted to a caveman like existance.

Movie Tagline:
The Most Amazing Story Ever Filmed!

Also Known As:
None Came Back
Rocket to the Moon
Rocketship Expedition Moon

Title: Rocketship X-M
Release Date: May 26, 1950
Runtime: 77 mins
Genre: Sci-Fi
All Genres: Sci-Fi
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 4.8
Brimstone Pit Rating: 5.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With R

MPAA Rating: Approved

Director(s):
Kurt Neumann

Cast:
Lloyd Bridges ...Col. Floyd Graham
Osa Massen ...Dr. Lisa Van Horn
John Emery ...Dr. Karl Eckstrom
Noah Beery Jr. ...Maj. William Corrigan
Hugh O'Brian ...Harry Chamberlain
Morris Ankrum ...Dr. Ralph Fleming
Patrick Aherne ...Reporter #1 (as Patrick Ahern)
Sherry Moreland ...Martian Girl
John Dutra ...Physician
Kathy Marlowe ...Reporter (as Katherine Marlowe)
James Conaty ...Doctor Taking Lisa's Blood Pressure
Sam Harris ...Reporter at Press Briefing
Judd Holdren ...Reporter #3
Stuart Holmes ...Reporter
Bert Stevens ...Reporter

Producer(s):
Murray Lerner
Kurt Neumann

Writer(s):
Orville H. Hampton
Kurt Neumann
Dalton Trumbo

Composer(s):
Ferde Grofe Sr.




Trailer(s):
Rocketship X-M Horror Film Trailer 1

More Movie Taglines:
  • The Most Amazing Story Ever Filmed!
  • The Most Astounding SPACE ADVENTURE of All Time!
  • The Future is Here!
  • 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!
  • The screen's FIRST story of man's conquest of space!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Harry: From this distance it would only appear a mere speck. Major Corrigan: A mere speck? *Texas* a mere speck?
  • Floyd: I've been wondering, how did a girl like you get mixed up in a thing like this in the first place. Dr. Lisa Van Horn: I suppose you think that women should only cook and sew and bear children. Floyd: Isn't that enough?
  • Dr. Karl Eckstrom: With that differential of six over N to the thirtieth power the halfway check result is two hundred and sixty-two thousand to three hundred and forty-one thousand both using tangent E, correct? Dr. Lisa Van Horn: That isn't the result I have. Dr. Karl Eckstrom: They must be the same. There is an error there. Dr. Lisa Van Horn: [defensive] I have made no error, Doctor Eckstrom. Dr. Karl Eckstrom: I have to say that you have made and error and to discard your figures. I'm sorry. Dr. Lisa Van Horn: [sarcastic] Don't be. Dr. Karl Eckstrom: Surely you are not going to let emotion enter into this? Dr. Lisa Van Horn: [dejected] Certainly not. Dr. Karl Eckstrom: We will continue computing using my results as a basis. Dr. Lisa Van Horn: Yes, I... Except that I feel very strongly I should say we should try both. Dr. Karl Eckstrom: We can't. To complete either caculation would take six to eight hours; we can't afford the time. It's either one or the other, Doctor Van Horn. Dr. Lisa Van Horn: [pleading] But it doesn't have to be. You can't be arbitrary about imposing your will when these people's lives are at stake, don't you realize that? And you speak as calmly as if you were saying 'Pass the salt.' Aren't you human? Are you made of ice? [brief pause as she collects herself] Dr. Lisa Van Horn: I'm sorry, I apologize. Dr. Karl Eckstrom: For what? For momentarily being a woman? It's completely understandable, Miss Van Horn. Now shall we go ahead? Dr. Lisa Van Horn: Yes Doctor.
Movie Trivia:
  • When George Pal announced production of his space epic Destination Moon (1950) this film was rushed into production to capitalize on it and beat Pal's film into theaters by several weeks.
  • Promotional material sent to exhibitors carried the disclaimer "This is not 'Destination Moon'."
  • 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.
  • The original trailer for this film emphasized the fact that it was the first film involving space travel. It was in theaters more than three weeks before the first showings of George Pal's Destination Moon (1950).
  • In the 1970s businessman Wade Williams acquired the rights to Rocketship X-M and proceeded to produce new special effects sequences to take the place of the film's original effects scenes. New shots included a model of the rocket in space, sequences depicting the ship descending toward and taking off from Mars, re-filmed sequences on Mars with new actors, and the use of stock footage of an actual nighttime rocket take-off in the launch sequence at the start of the movie. These sequences were substituted for original footage that was cut from the film, and were seen on the initial VHS and DVD releases in the US. In the 1990s, however, much of this substitute footage was removed and the original scenes restored. The only remaining updated effects sequences occur in the initial launch from Earth, and shots of the rocket landing on and departing from Mars (all of which used stock footage of a V-2 rocket in the original). However, the complete, uncut, original version of the film remains unavailable.
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Keywords:
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