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A team of American 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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Title: Conquest Of Space
Release Date: April 20, 1955
Runtime: 81 mins
All Genres: Sci-Fi
IMDB Rating: 5.8
Buried.com Rating: 6.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With C
MPAA Rating: Approved
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 ...Mrs. Heinz Fodor
Dan Barton ...Crewman
Kei Thin Chung ...Japanese replacement
Rosemary Clooney ...Musical Number (archive footage)
Don Dunning ...Replacement soldier
Fred Essler ...Assistant station announcer
Rand Harper ...Rocket pilot
Maurice Hart ...Radio announcer
Jack Iversen ...American soldier
Mike Mahoney ...Operator
John Mansfield ...Turkish soldier
George Marshall Jr. ...Soldier
Neyle Morrow ...Crewman
Harvey Parry ...Crewman
Tom Selden ...Officer
Richard Shannon ...Crewman
Bob Templeton ...Crewman
David Vaile ...Announcer
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Frank Freeman Jr.
George Worthing yates
Wernher von Braun
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- [first lines] 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 plunge toward the... [A rocket fires] Narrator: conquest of space!
General Samuel T. Merritt: According to the Bible, Man was created on the Earth. Nothing is ever mentioned of his going to other planets. Not one blessed word. Captain Barney Merritt: Well, at the time the Bible was written, it wouldn't have made much sense, would it? General Samuel T. Merritt: Does it now? The Biblical limitations of Man's wanderings are set down as being the four corners of the Earth. Not Mars, or Jupiter, or infinity. The question is, Barney, what are we -- explorers or invaders? Captain Barney Merritt: Invaders? Of what, sir? General Samuel T. Merritt: The sacred domain of God. His heavens. To Man, God gave the Earth, nothing else. This taking of... of other planets... it's almost like an act of blasphemy. Captain Barney Merritt: But why? They belong to no one else. General Samuel T. Merritt: We don't know that. Captain Barney Merritt: But look, sir, it couldn't be just an accident that at the very time when Man's resources on Earth are reaching an end, Man develops the ability to leave his own world and seek replenishment on other planets. The timing is what fascinates me: it's too perfect to be accidental. General Samuel T. Merritt: Those other planets might already be tenanted. Captain Barney Merritt: Oh, I don't think so... the universe was put here for Man to conquer.
Sergeant Imoto: Some years ago, my country chose to fight a terrible war. It was bad, I do not defend it, but there were reasons. Somehow those reasons are never spoken of. To the Western world at that time, Japan was a fairybook nation: little people living in a strange land of rice-paper houses... people who had almost no furniture, who sat on the floor and ate with chopsticks. The quaint houses of rice paper, sir: they were made of paper because there was no other material available. And the winters in Japan are as cold as they are in Boston. And the chopsticks: there was no metal for forks and knives and spoons, but slivers of wood could suffice. So it was with the little people of Japan, little as I am now, because for countless generations we have not been able to produce the food to make us bigger. Japan's yesterday will be the world's tomorrow: too many people and too little land. That is why I say, sir, there is urgent reason for us to reach Mars: to provide the resources the human race will need if they are to survive. That is also why I am most grateful to be found acceptable, sir. I volunteer. General Samuel T. Merritt: Thank you, Sergeant Imoto. You're not a little man.
Siegle: Remind me, next time, to take the train.
General Samuel T. Merritt: Merritt speaking. Here's the report. Lost course for several days due to near-collision with asteroid, but we can still reach destination as planned... which may be Mars, or Hell. This voyage is a cursed abomination! If it were possible I'd come back now, return the ship to Earth and blow it up-- Captain Barney Merritt: General, please! General Samuel T. Merritt: --together with all plans in existence for building another! We're committing Man's greatest sacrilege, and we can't stop.
- The spaceship design was taken from Wernher von Braun's actual designs that appeared in a 1954 issue of Collier's.
Ross Martinís film debut.
After a dispute over how to depict the surface of Mars, Chesley Bonestell claimed never to have seen the final movie.
The spaceship model was later used as a background set decoration in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982).
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