Cliche Ridden, but Oh What Special Effects!
Movie Lover: Paul Wax
Teaneck, NJ US
-- January, 17, 2006
I saw this movie circa 1956-7 with my Dad in Jersey City one gray and rainy afternoon. We walked into the theater right as the movie's opening scene (the "space wheel")was on the screen.
From that point on - and throughout the movie, there were fantastic special effects - but the acting - GIVE ME A BREAK!!! One "General" father, one "Captain" son, an Irish Sgt (who was loyal to the General), one German astronaut, one Japanese one (I guess we were trying to "make up" to those countries in this movie, which was made only a decade after the end of WWII), and of course, for comic relief, a Sgt. Shapiro (or was it Schwartz or Levine) from Brooklyn (or was it the Bronx) - now, with a crew comprised of such characters, what could anyone else expect but sterotypical characters for each nationality/race - each of them with their respective talens and skills working together to get to Mars, and back - now that's the underlying theme of this movie, although it is quite hokey - an actual White Christmas on Mars!! Get the shovels out, folks but see it anyway!!!