Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon (1958)

Today on Far Future Horizons we are proud to present Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon (1958).

From the Earth to the Moon (1958) is a Technicolor science fiction film adaptation of the Jules Verne novel "From the Earth to the Moon" published in 1865. It stars Joseph Cotten, George Sanders, Debra Paget, and Don Dubbins. The film began as an RKO Pictures movie but when RKO went into bankruptcy the film was released by Warner Brothers.

Set just after the American civil war, businessman and inventor Victor Barbicane invents a new source of power called Power X. He plans to use it to power rockets, and to show its potential he plans to send a projectile to the moon. 

Joining him for the trip are his assistant Ben Sharpe, Barbicane's arch-rival Stuyvesant Nicholl, and Nicholl's daughter Virginia. Nicholl believes that Power X goes against the will of God and sabotages the projectile so that they cannot return to earth, setting up a suspenseful finale as they battle to repair the projectile.

From the Earth to the Moon (1958)
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