Destination Moon

Destination Moon

Irving Pichel (1950)

U Certificate


Our Score
Intended to be the first realistic film about space exploration, producer George Pal's fun effort was beaten into cinemas by the exploitation quickie Rocketship X-M. But that didn't have an animated lecture on the principles of space travel hosted by Woody Woodpecker! Co-scripted by science fiction great Robert A Heinlein, the pedestrian tale of man's first lunar landing has dated badly, and the corny dialogue uttered by the barely adequate cast doesn't help. Yet the enthralling look, taken straight from the pulp fiction illustrations of the day, is enchanting and colourful and the special effects (which won an Oscar) are impressive for the era.


A tycoon decides it is vitally important the US send a rocket to the moon before the Russians get there, and seeks the aid of a scientist and an air force general in achieving his goal. However, they find many obstacles in their way, and even when the mission is a success, it turns out getting back may not be easy. Sci-fi adventure, starring John Archer, Tom Powers and Warner Anderson.

Cast & Crew

Dr Charles Cargraves Warner Anderson
Jim Barnes John Archer
Gen Thayer Tom Powers
Joe Sweeney Dick Wesson
Emily Cargraves Erin O'Brien-Moore
Brown Ted Warde
Director Irving Pichel
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: video and DVD