Sunday, April 26, 2009

Conquest of Space (1954) NR - 2½ Stars

I don't know about this one. It just didn't come off the way George Pal probably intended, and it's on the silly side. Who in their right mind doesn't realize they are building a space ship while they are building it and asks no questions till it's completed? Then, plans suddenly change from sending the ship to the Moon to the new destination, Mars and before you know it, the team is leaving tomorrow. Such preparation! As they are finally on their way, General Daddy decides they are spiritually invading God's space and tries to stop the mission. Mostly hammy acting and even though it was not meant to look like anti-religious, it sort of comes off that way. The graphics are pretty cool for the 1950's.

General Samuel T. Merritt (Walter Brooke), his son, Captain Barney Merritt (Eric Fleming), Sergeant Mahony (Mickey Shaughnessy), Jackie Siegle (Phil Foster), and Imoto (Benson Fong) are about to become the first mission to Mars. As they stop for repairs, the general losses it, trying to sabotage the mission along with it's precious cargo. He's been reading the bible too long and believes that the crew and ship are trespassing in God's space, where they have no right to be. His son with have to take control of the situation if there is any chance of survival.

Paramount Pictures
Director: Byron Haskin
Writers: James O'Hanlon, Philip Yordan, Barré Lyndon
Producer: George Pal
I viewed 3/09

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