Destination Moon (film)
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|Based on||the novel |
by Robert A. Heinlein
|Edited by||Duke Goldstone|
George Pal Productions
|Distributed by||Eagle-Lion Classics Inc.|
|Box office||$5 million or $1.3 (US)|
Destination Moon (a.k.a. Operation Moon) is a 1950 American
With Destination Moon, George Pal produced the first major U.S. science fiction film to deal with the dangers inherent in human space travel and the possible difficulties of America's first lunar mission landing on and safely returning from our only natural satellite.
The film's premise is that U.S. private industry will mobilize, finance, and manufacture the first spacecraft to the Moon, while making the assumption that the U.S. government will then be forced to purchase or lease this new technology to remain the dominant power in space and on the Moon. Industrialists are shown cooperating to support the private venture. In the final scene, as the crew approaches the Earth, the traditional "The End"
When their latest rocket test fails and government funding collapses,
On their way to the Moon, they are forced to go outside Luna in
Safely on the Moon, they explore the lunar surface, reporting back by radio how their view of the Earth looks contrasted against the black lunar sky; one crew member photographs another pretending to hold up the Earth like a modern