A Trend-Setter Movie that Opened the Flood-Gates and Let-Loose an Unstoppable Gush. The film's storyline involves the arrival on the Red Planet of an American scientific expedition team, who discover that Mars is inhabited by an underground-dwelling but dying civilization that appear to be human. [1], The film's on location principal photography took place in Death Valley, California from May 11 through late May 1951. A final interview with his crew mates before launch makes him realize that there are grave risks for them all, though the other older crew members do not mind the possibility that they may never return alive. Flight to Mars (1951) is a sci-fi movie starring Marguerite Chapman and Cameron Mitchell. © Letterboxd Limited. It is directed by Lesley Selander. Andrew Liverod 11,876 films 406 17 Edit. A majority of their governing body finally decides to keep their visitors prisoner, never allowing them to return home with the information they have discovered. The council votes to adopt Ikron's plan, while also deciding to hold the Earthmen captive during the repair process. I've excluded cross-genre movies that weigh heavily on the…, I recently acquired copies of both Michael Weldon's Psychotronic Encyclopedia and Psychotronic Video Guide and this list is all films…. After they safely crash-land, the crew are met by five Martians at one of their above ground structures. This Miserly Monogram Movie was Hoping to Capitalize on the Critical and Financial Success of George Pal's “Destination Moon” (1950). 2 stars. Additionally, Flight to Mars postulates a humanoid species which is superior, in many ways, to humanity, and could possibly pose a long-term, strategic threat. Realizzato in economia, pochi giorni di riprese e idee alla buona. Five astronauts successfully fly to Mars where they encounter seemingly friendly and advanced inhabitants who harbor covert plans to use their ship to invade Earth. Have you ever heard of a crew of astronauts that included a news reporter, Have you ever heard of astronauts wearing casual clothes in space with no sign of oxygen masks, and as for the rocket, well my shed is better equipped than the space ship in this movie.Verdict....a flight worth missing. This FAQ is empty. A final interview with his crew mates before launch makes him realize that there are grave risks for them all, though the other older crew members do not mind the possibility that they may never return alive. THERE ARE ONLY 2 REASONS TO WATCH THIS NEAR-DREADFUL FILM. Astronauts returning from a voyage to Mars are caught in a time warp and are propelled into a post-Apocalyptic Earth populated by mutants. Justin Hullinger 3,163 films 768 32 Edit, UPDATE 7/8/2018: It's been a while since I checked on this list, and I'm happy to see that a lot…, WORK IN PROGRESS UPDATE: Finished A-L on 3/17/2019. Witnessed as She Ascends a Staircase with the Camera Not Shy About Following Right Behind. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Very progressive. So bring along a B-17 flight jacket and prepare to board ship. From the eponymous mammoth reference guide of genre cinema, animated fare, science…, All science fiction movie's I've seen. Well, that's pretty much the plan as it stands now for visiting the red planet. I will keep adding movies. The copyright was renewed under Certificate # RE-26-731/RE-37-81 from the Copyright Office, Library of Congress. Professor Jackson makes the case that the purpose of their expedition is to collect data, data which they can send back to Earth using self-propelled space cylinders equipped with homing devices. After a brief confrontation with Martian guards at the spaceship's gangway, the three make it aboard safely, and the expedition is able to safely blast-off for Earth. Alita was originally Aelita the Queen of Mars in the classic 1924 Soviet film bearing her name. Many of the sets and costumes are swiped from previous science fiction movies, and the prolific hack Lesley Selander shoots most scenes in long or master shots with little coverage. ... Steve Abbott. [2], Except for some of the flight instruments, Flight to Mars reuses the interior flight deck sets, somewhat redressed, and other interior props from Lippert Pictures' 1950 science fiction feature Rocketship X-M. Cameron Mitchell claimed FLIGHT TO MARS was filmed in five days. Marty McKee . Cast (in credits order) verified as complete. Starts out okay within the context of sci-fi of the time but sillier and sillier as it goes along. The story concerns a group of scientists and a newsman (Cameron Mitchell) who crash-land on Mars and encounter extra-terrestrials who act approachable. The first expedition to Mars, led by physicist Dr. Lane (John Litel), includes Professor Jackson (Richard Gaines), engineer Jim Barker (Arthur Franz), and his assistant Carol Stadwick (Virginia Huston). He further described the shoddy production values as, "Producer Walter Mirisch put the show together from found items – the ship interior is from Rocketship XM, and the Martian suits from Destination Moon". [6] Critical reaction to Flight to Mars was not positive. 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. Journalist Steve Abbott (Cameron Mitchell) is also aboard to cover the historic mission. Flight to Mars is a 1951 American Cinecolor science fiction film drama, produced by Walter Mirisch for Monogram Pictures, directed by Lesley Selander, that stars Marguerite Chapman, Cameron Mitchell, and Arthur Franz. Yes, the Martians speak perfect English. Few things. I just REALLY hated where it went after the first act. Alita is a leading Martian…. Five astronauts successfully fly to Mars where they Producer. Written by Must have been a "casual Friday" space flight. ", The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Flight_to_Mars_(film)&oldid=960510464, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. But the Earthmen have sympathizers among the Martians. It has a whole lot more sitting and talking than action, which may be a more realistic portrayal of space travel, but it sure isn’t as much fun. The first manned expedition to Mars is decimated by an unknown life form which stows away on the rescue ship. That means the men appear in Prince Valiant garb with gray flannel underwear and boots. Title: The Film Offers Not Much Else to Howl About. Directed by Lesley Selander. Actually, the leader of so-called 'poverty studios' was given the highest accolade by French New Wave director Jean Luc-Godard who sited Monogram Pictures as a significant influence in his seminal 1959 film BREATHLESS.FLIGHT TO MARS certainly has a Saturday afternoon matinée feel to it backed with a popcorn budget with butter. They listen to radio shows. True to 50s science fiction, Cold War analogies were abound with the Martians wanting to destroy Earth "in case they do first" and instead of…. Cameron Mitchell. An astronaut crew on their way to the Moon are unexpectedly propelled by gravitational forces and end up on Mars instead. Wow, Cameron Mitchell maybe be the most unlikable character I've seen in a movie from this era (or any?). will add any suggestions left in comments, 1-14: Abduction 15-19: Conspiracy 20-37: First Contact 38-67:…, Movies spanning from the 1920s to the 1990s, exploring a variety of genres: horror, sci-fi, fantasy, action, exploitation, experimental, art,…. Definitive example of that "toxic masculinity" thing I keep hearing about. Cast. They have no pressurized space suits or helmets, you see. This is the complete list of films, listed chronologically, from Michael Weldon's essential and influential The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film,…, Kyle Fleischfresser 2,436 films 128 Edit, "Although it remains axiomatic that Spielberg and Lucas should be condemned for using CGI to alter their own classic films,…. The Earth crew are brought by the Martians to a vast underground city, which is being sustained by life-support systems fueled by a mineral called Corium. Writer. An "unknown force" declares war against planet Earth when the United Nations disobeys warnings to cease and desist in its attempts at assembling the first satellite in the atmosphere. With his trusty Underwood typewriter he is chronicling an on board journal for his newspaper of this intrepid crew's voyage to the red planet. Mobile site. Cast & Crew Marguerite Chapman Alita Cameron Mitchell Steve Abbott Walter Mirisch. The best example, by far, being when one of the astronauts writes a message on pencil and paper and sends it back to Earth in a tube as if it were a message in a bottle rocket. This copycat production has neither". When Jim later announces their blast-off for Earth is set for the next day, he surprises everyone with the news that Tillamar and Alita will be joining them. Terris says, "they're very comfortable." Flight to Mars has some plot similarities to the Russian silent film Aelita, but unlike that earlier film it is a low-budget "quickie" shot in just five days. [3], A sequel, Voyage to Venus was proposed but never made. After a space flight crashes on Mars, the crew discovers they're not alone on the planet. An advanced civilization, living underneath the planet's surface, comes to their aid; and with open arms, the martians welcome the travelers and offer to repair their rocket. The Boys in the Balcony in 1951 surely were Howling. IMDb [4], Flight to Mars is not in the public domain. Rights were assigned to Wade Williams. Cameron Mitchell protagonista nei panni di un giornalista (aggregato alla missione, perché tanto c’era un posto in più e, si sa, su Marte mandiamo chiunque) più interessato alla seduzione che alla cronaca. Al centro, però, una storia staticissima che si divide tra lunghe trattative diplomatiche interplanetarie ed immancabili beghe amorose. Director. In the Lippert film, however, the Martians are a throw-back, a consequence of a long ago nuclear holocaust, which occurred millennia earlier; those Martians pose only an immediate, tactical threat to the RX-M's crew. Terris, the comely Martian hostess,(Lucille Barkley) informs the crew that there are no kitchens, but laboratories and meals are delivered by request. Made so by Unearthing Her Natural Beauty for All to See, and Confirming they do Go All the Way Up. He recommends that the Earthmen's spaceship be reproduced, once repaired, creating a fleet that can evacuate the Martians to Earth. She then presses a button and a cart of food with drinks emerges from the wall. The interior of the rocket is actually…. The Martian underground helps the Earthmen stop the insidious plan. But that's par or the course for most cheapo 50s sci-fi extravaganzas. Scientists use a gigantic drilling machine for an expedition to the center of the earth. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google privacy policy and terms of service apply. I made this for myself but I thought others might find it useful. Mette insieme una serie di ingenue stramberie da meritare una visione anche solo per rendersene conto. Terris reports their suspicious behavior, leading to Alita and Tillimar being held, but Jim foils Ikron's plan to seize the repaired Earthship after freeing both. Mars is running low on one of their natural resources (Corium), and plan to steal the Earth astronauts' rocket and conquer Earth. The first expedition to Mars, led by physicist Dr. Lane (John Litel), includes Professor Jackson (Richard Gaines), engineer Jim Barker (Arthur Franz), and his assistant Carol Stadwick (Virginia Huston). Given these parameters, it's relatively simple to suspend belief and be caught up in the moment to which this film takes us.After a white knuckle landing on Mars surface, one crew member suggests putting on oxygen masks before venturing outside. Choose an adventure below and discover your next favorite movie or TV show. Directed by Lesley Selander. Makes me wonder how many more fridges Betty could have sold if she was wearing the ensemble that Terris is sporting.Oh yes, the Earth crew's wardrobe have to comport with the typical Martian.

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