Flight to Mars 1951
Starring Marguerite Chapman, Cameron Mitchell, Arthur Franz, Virginia Huston, John Litel, Morris Ankrum, Richard Gaines, Lucille Barkley, and Robert Barrat. Directed by Lesley Selander.
A house ship carrying 4 experts and a wisecracking information reporter lands on the earth Mars and discovers symptoms of an underground civilization. They are greeted by its seemingly helpful inhabitants and made to really feel welcome while they restore their ship for the voyage household. Dr. Jim Barker, the expedition’s chief, falls in adore with the attractive Alita, daughter of Tillamar, an influential member of the Martian governing council and learns that Ikron, the council’s militant chief, plans on utilizing the fixed ship to invade the Earth. Pure assets on Mars are dwindling, and except if the Martians can recolonize on Earth, their civilization is doomed. Barker hides his awareness of the council’s plans tries to total the restore do the job forward of agenda, so their social gathering, along with Alia, can return to Earth without having betraying their plans to Ikron.
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Starring Marguerite Chapman, Cameron Mitchell, Arthur Franz, Virginia Huston, John Litel and Morris Ankrum. Directed by Lesley Selander.
This fun gem hailed from the starting of the fifties science fiction trend and identified a team of experts (and just one token newspaper reporter) having a rocket for the 1st inter-planetary trip to Mars. Of course at the time they are there, they explore an underground society populated by attractive Martian gals led by a Queen Alita (Marguerite Chapman). It was a popular topic that would be repeated in these types of films as Queen of Outer House (set on Venus) and Fireplace Maidens of Outer House (set on Jupiter).
This minor movie is truly a gem of a B-movie. Monogram was a B studio, but they place a great deal into Flight to Mars (FTM). For just one issue, it is in shade. They place extra than usual into the sets. It can be still a B-movie, but it is a B+. The plot is derived from Alexsei Tolstoy’s novel Aelita but drew from the guide extra than from the 1924 movie, which was also (loosely) dependent on the guide. It can be extra of an journey than political commentary. Most of the action normally takes position on Mars. The pacing relatively brisk, for a B movie. Regardless of utilizing many B-movie cliches, the overall effect operates really properly.
Several experts (including the requisite just one female) and a reporter just take off on an exploratory mission to Mars. The ship is ruined by meteors (which just normally appears to be to take place) these types of that they have to crash land on Mars. They endure, but the ship is as well ruined to return. The crew should go EVA in just flight jackets. They find building structures and come upon the Martians (in house suits) who have cities underground. Even though industrialized and supposedly technologically highly developed, the Martians have by no means figured out house journey, so are not much enable. Their ruler, Ikron, offers to enable the earth men develop a new ship dependent on the design of the just one they came in. In actuality, he plans to imprison the earthlings and just take their rocket when their carried out. He then plans to duplicate the earth rocket, developing a fleet, by which he can invade and colonize the earth. “Ours is a dying environment” he tells the council. Ikron’s plot is found out as the earthlings are aided by the pretty martian babe: Alita. She can help the crew narrowly escape the guards and commandeer the duplicated ship so they can return to earth. Alita and her father (the “fantastic” councilman) return with the earthlings so that they could get enable to overthrow the tyrant Ikron. The Finish..
Plenty of reasons. 1st off, this is a new type of house journey unencumbered with Cold War gloom which was now pervading films. The rocket itself is a great case in point of 50s considering. The smoky flames coming out of the product-on-a-string scenes are pure B-movie things.
The prevailing idea that alien apparel just experienced to have a significant lightening bolt icon emblazoned on the upper body, is fun to see as well. Then there are the massive shoulder pads! The place did that come from? Mars, seemingly. It can be also type of amusing that alien personnel (in particular if employed by the lousy guy) tended to dress in leather-based with studs, as if re-used from some sword and sandal flicks. Why are highly developed technological innovation personnel putting on leather-based vests with studs? There is certainly some quirky social mythology at do the job there.
And, speaking of costumes, it is fascinating that fifties directors (and audiences) were being so resolved that alien gals would be really, youthful, tall, leggy and dressed in micro-skirts and really substantial heels. House, it seemed, was imagined to be like Las Vegas.
A different fun issue was that there were being no house suits for the earthlings! They just went out in leather-based bomber jackets, caps and oxygen masks. The martians, however, greet them putting on the michelin-guy house suits!! (These were being still left more than from Location Moon.) THAT is an fascinating scene. The earthlings are in caps and leather-based jackets while the aliens are in house suits…on their possess earth!
In fact FTM has none of the usual Cold War themes. This is, of course, due to the fact it was dependent on a pre-war guide, and a Russian just one at that. Still, the writers avoided grafting in any Cold War themes, so FTM comes throughout as extra journey than moralizing.
If you experienced found the 1924 movie, Aelita: Queen of Mars you would almost certainly not consider of FTM as a remake. They appear like really distinct tales, other than for there getting earthlings which land on Mars and find martians. The important female martian in FTM is named Alita. That is about your only clue. In FTM, she’s a fantastic guy — dressed in the appropriate white silky shorter costume, while the other (“lousy”) female receives a dim pink shorter costume with spiky shoulder pads. If you saw the 1924 movie, Aelita, you’d see a trace at the rebellion subplot repeated. Viewers are instructed there are those people who oppose Ikron and that he’ll be overthrown at the time Alita and a “fantastic” councilman get to earth with our earthling crew.
If you check out FTM, discover the colours. It can be shot in CineColor. This two-strip system experienced extra a confined shade rendering assortment than Technicolor’s a few-strip, but was much much less expensive. It was something like twenty% extra expensive than black and white, and essential considerably less lights, so it was not out of the realm for a tiny studio like Monogram. Considering the fact that CineColor captured colours utilizing a blue and a pink filter, it was fantastic at blues, browns, reds, and flesh tones. CineColor didn’t do green or yellow really properly. As a end result, FTM has a decidedly blue-grey and pink-brown coloring. The colours seemed really 50s.
For actor-watchers, the venerable Morris Ankrum plays the component of sinister martian ruler: Ikron. Ankrum typically plays the role of Military Common in these B-films, so it is kinda fun to see him out of uniform and in the role of villain. It looked like he experienced fun accomplishing it.
Base line? FTM is a fun B movie. For as early as it came in the Golden 10 years of sci-fi, it is a good house journey. The sets and costumes are really much a product or service of the instances. FTM is really worth the search to find it.
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