Flight to Mars (film)

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Flight to Mars
Flight to mars.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Lesley Selander
Produced by Walter Mirisch
Screenplay by Arthur Strawn
Starring Cameron Mitchell
Arthur Franz
Music by Marlin Skiles
Cinematography Harry Neumann
Edited by Richard V. Heermance
Distributed by Monogram Pictures
Release dates
  • November 11, 1951 (1951-11-11) (United States)
Running time 72 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Flight to Mars is a 1951 Cinecolor science fiction film, written for the screen by Arthur Strawn, produced by Walter Mirisch for Monogram Pictures (which also distributed) and directed by Lesley Selander. The film has some similarities to the Russian silent film Aelita. The movie was filmed in five days.[1]

Plot[edit]

The story involves the arrival on Mars of an American scientific expedition team, who discover an underground-dwelling, dying civilization of Martians. They are anatomically human, and are suspicious of the earthmen's motives, with the majority of the governing body finally deciding to keep the earthmen prisoner.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

This film reuses almost all the cabin interior details from Rocketship X-M (Lippert Pictures, 1950, and filmed at another studio), except for some of the flight instruments. Even the spaceflight noises are reused. Similarly, the concepts of spaceflight are those postulated in that earlier film.

The main differences are this film postulates a planned flight to Mars, whereas the earlier film postulates an accidental flight to Mars, which accident occurs during a planned flight to the Moon.

Additionally, this film postulates a Martian species which is in many ways superior to Mankind, and poses a long-term, strategic threat there to, whereas the earlier film postulates a Martian species which is pre-literate, and a throw-back, as a consequence of a global nuclear holocaust which occurred many millennia earlier, and poses only an immediate, tactical threat to the voyagers.

A sequel, Voyage to Venus was proposed but never made.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weaver, Tom. "Cameron Mitchell Interview", Double Feature Creature Attack: A Monster Merger of Two More Volumes of Classic Interviews, McFarland, pp.210-211, 2003.
  2. ^ Weaver, Tom. "Cameron Mitchell Interview", Double Feature Creature Attack: A Monster Merger of Two More Volumes of Classic Interviews, McFarland, p. 212, 2003.

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