Tuesday , 22 January 2019
Rocketship X-M (1950)

Rocketship X-M (1950)

Rocketship X-M (also known as Expedition Moon and originally as Rocketship Expedition Moon) is a 1950 American black and white science fiction film, the first outer space adventure of the post-World War II era. Because production issues had delayed the release of George Pal’s high-profile Destination Moon, this feature film from Lippert Pictures, produced and directed by Kurt Neumann, was quickly shot in just 18 days, on a $94,000 budget; it was then rushed into movie theaters 25 days before the Pal film, while taking full advantage of Destination Moon’s high-profile national publicity.

Rocketship X-M tells the story of a Moon expedition that, through a series of unforeseen events, winds up traveling instead to distant Mars.

In the 1970s the rights to this and other 1950s science fiction features (including Destination Moon) were acquired by Kansas City, MO film exhibitor (and later movie theater owner and video distributor) Wade Williams, who sometime later set about re-shooting some of RX-M’s special effects scenes in order to improve the film’s visual continuity;[3] the VHS tape, laser disc, and DVD releases of RX-M incorporate this re-shot footage.

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