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Conquest of Space

When Byron Haskin's direction has a chance at action and thrills they come over well, but most of the time the pacing is slowed by the talky script fashioned from the adaptation of the Chesley Bonestell-Willy Ley book by Philip Yordan, Barre Lyndon and George Worthington Yates.

With:
Walter Brooke Eric Fleming Mickey Shaughnessy Phil Foster William Redfield William Hopper

When Byron Haskin’s direction has a chance at action and thrills they come over well, but most of the time the pacing is slowed by the talky script fashioned from the adaptation of the Chesley Bonestell-Willy Ley book by Philip Yordan, Barre Lyndon and George Worthington Yates.

Plot time is the future, with the setting divided between a space station wheeling some 1,000 miles above earth and a flight from this floating base to the planet Mars. Best moments deal with a meteor hitting the space station and spilling everything before the wheel is righted, and the near crash of the rocket ship with a meteor on the trip to Mars.

The rocket ship is manned by a stereotype crew. There’s Walter Brooke, the commanding officer who loses his screws because he figures God didn’t want man jetting off to new planets; Eric Fleming, his son, who didn’t want to make the trip anyway; Mickey Shaughnessy, tough old master sergeant, devoted to the c.o.; Phil Foster, a wise-cracking Brooklynite, and Benson Fong and Ross Martin, UN personnel. These and others in the cast are acceptable in undemanding roles. The real stars are the props and lensing.

Conquest of Space

Production: Paramount. Director Byron Haskin; Producer George Pal; Screenplay James O'Hanlon; Camera Lionel Lindon; Editor Everett Douglas; Music Van Cleave;; Art Director Hal Pereira, Joseph MacMillan

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1955. Running time: 80 MIN.

With: Walter Brooke Eric Fleming Mickey Shaughnessy Phil Foster William Redfield William Hopper

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