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Flight to Mars (1951)

Flight to Mars





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Five people board a spaceship for the first flight from Earth to Mars. Those aboard include reporter Steve Abbott (Cameron Mitchell), scientist Dr. Jim Barker (Arthur Franz) and his fiancee and fellow scientist Carol Stafford (Virginia Huston). After a very speedy nine-day trip, they are forced to make a crash-landing on Mars, where they're greeted by completely human Martians, led by Ikron (Morris Ankrum). The underground Martian civilization is scientifically advanced, and they offer to rebuild the damaged spaceship. Jim begins to fall in love with Martian girl Alita (Marguerite Chapman), while the disappointed Carol finds solace with Steve. Unbeknownst to the Earthlings, the Martians are running out of the element necessary to maintain life on Mars, and one faction plans to imprison the visitors from Earth and take the spaceship to Earth, intent on conquest. The first half of the film is more or less realistic for its period, but the second half is sheer, corny space opera of the Flash Gordon school. Even though this is only the third American movie about space travel, already the cliches are in place: flaming red meteors, menacing aliens, romance among the stars and a last-minute escape. The set design is interesting in a stark, minimalist way, but the story is plodding and talky, spending more time on Martian intrigue than anything else. The process used, Cinecolor, is very short on blues and long on pastel greens and pinks, but it's really not very attractive.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Arthur Strawn
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On DVD: May 7, 2002


Cameron Mitchell
as Steve Abbott
Arthur Franz
as Dr. Jim Barker
John Litel
as Dr. Lane
Richard Gaines
as Prof. Jackson
William Forrest
as Gen. Archer
Stanley Blystone
as Councilman
Raymond Bond
as Astronomer #2
Tristram Coffin
as Commentator
Bill Neff
as Sergeant
Bob Peoples
as Soldier
Russ Conway
as Astronomer #1
Frank O'Connor
as Councilman
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All Critics (2)

Mediocre even for its 1950s sci-fi time; low budget is biggest culprit.

March 16, 2009

October 3, 2005

Audience Reviews for Flight to Mars

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.

Henrik Schunk

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