Conquest of Space is a good science fiction adventure, dazzlingly photographed in Technicolor.
An American-led International team of astronauts leave their space station on the first mission to Mars, but the captain’s religious beliefs may get in the way.
The film was produced by Hungarian-born George Pal, who won five Academy Awards for special effects in such films as War Of The Worlds (1953) and The Time Machine (1960).
When Rosemary Clooney is seen on the space station’s big screen singing the song Ali Baba, the clip is taken from the 1953 Paramount release Here Come the Girls.
The spaceship design was taken from Wernher von Braun’s actual designs. The spaceship model was used later as a background set decoration in Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan (1982).
General Samuel T. Merritt
Captain Barney Merritt
Dr George Fenton
Mrs Heinz Fodor