Flight to Mars (1951)
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his film is one of many that were released back to back by studios back in the 1950s to cash in on the sci-fi an alien craze. You can tell that this was a half-hearted production not only form the formulaic and empty-can plot, which is something we are used to from Hollywood, but because the film recycles sets, costumes, props & music from other films that were made just years before.
Be that as it may, the film is a classic new world / adventure storyline about a bunch of scientists (and one very obnoxious journalist) who make their way to Mars on a rocket ship. As you might expect, the special effects and sets are a delight for all fans of b-movie thrill and retro cinema, garishly red colours denote the cities of Mars and the people of Mars walk around in some of the goofiest outfits you will ever have the pleasure to see on screen. The story is quite sophisticated for such a low budget film and picks up speed towards the last third of the film when an intrigue threatens to hinder the return of the earthlings altogether.
The acting is quite stale and wooden and like I said, this film is probably a major contender for all sorts of guilty pleasures and campy film lists featuring alien women in very short skirts and Betty Page hairdoes as well as brave men from earth in WWI jet fighter jackets. Still, wit a running time of just over an hour the retro appeal, it is worth watching for genre connoisseurs and grind-house fans.
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