Flight to Mars (film)
|Flight to Mars|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Lesley Selander|
|Produced by||Walter Mirisch|
|Screenplay by||Arthur Strawn|
|Music by||Marlin Skiles|
|Editing by||Richard V. Heermance|
|Distributed by||Monogram Pictures|
|Running time||72 minutes|
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.
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.
- Marguerite Chapman as Alita
- Cameron Mitchell as Steve Abbott
- Arthur Franz as Dr. Jim Barker
- Virginia Huston as Carol Stafford
- John Litel as Dr. Lane
- Morris Ankrum as Ikron
- Richard Gaines as Prof. Jackson
- Lucille Barkley as Terris
- Robert Barrat as Tillamar
- Wilbur Back as Councilman
- William Bailey as Councilman
- Trevor Bardette as Alzar
- Stanley Blystone as Councilman
- David Bond as Ramay
- Raymond Bond as Astronomer # Two
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.
- Weaver, Tom. "Cameron Mitchell Interview", Double Feature Creature Attack: A Monster Merger of Two More Volumes of Classic Interviews, McFarland, pp.210-211, 2003.
- Weaver, Tom. "Cameron Mitchell Interview", Double Feature Creature Attack: A Monster Merger of Two More Volumes of Classic Interviews, McFarland, p. 212, 2003.