September 17, 2019 Subject:
Review of the original print of the movie, Rocket Ship X-M
I am surprised that no one yet has added a review of this classic Science Fiction movie from 1950.
I was only a boy of six when I first saw it. It made a lasting impression, firing my imagination
about the possibility for space travel through out the years to come.
Occasionally, I'd see it again, on our black and white TV, during the 1950's.
Despite all its faults, and wrong assumptions of rocketry, and the Martian atmosphere, the characters were filled with an atmosphere
of earnest and genuine scientific curiosity, as well as determination,and bravery. Amazingly, a scant decade later the American space program of
the 1960's began to turn Science Fiction into reality.
The Wikipedia article about the movie cleared up some long standing questions about the movie's production and shooting location.
I learned that film was rushed, on scant budget, to take advantage of the coming publicity for the more substantially financed and soon to be released film,Destination Moon.
In addition, I always wondered where they filmed the scenes of the Martian landscape It turned out to be a God forsaken place called Zabriskie Point, near Death Valley, California.
However, as a young. budding musician, the most lasting impression on me was the music played during the latter part of the movie, as the
explorers from Earth trudged the desolated landscape of Mars. .
To quote Wikipedia: The evocative soundtrack was written by American composer Ferde Grofé, who used the (eerie) sound of the theremin in portions of the score. This was the first use of an electronic musical instrument in a science fiction film. The theremin would later become strongly identified with the genre in the years to come.