Rocketship X-M (1950)


An inadvertent romantic comedy? I’m not sure I have enough mustard for the ham in this one. This movie features Lloyd Bridges, Osa Massen, John Emery, Noah Beery, Jr., Hugh O’Brian, Morris Ankrum, Patrick Ahern, Sherry Moreland, John Dutra and Katherine Marlowe. Four men and a woman blast into space on humanity’s first expedition to the Moon, a 48-hour journey. A malfunction causes the ship to drift off course and sends them hurtling to Mars. The rocket passes through clouds to land on Mars where they find evidence of a once-powerful civilization where everything is tinted orange. A romance ensues between stud muffin Lloyd Bridges and ice cube Osa Massen. By the time I got to the end of this movie I was shaking my head and laughing.

6 thoughts on “Rocketship X-M (1950)”

  1. Excellent!!!! I was three years old when this was made, I didn’t think filmmakers of that era were so space and rocketry saavy! The acting and camera work was pretty good for the age also.

  2. Aaw! Maybe because I’m a woman, I thought this was kind of a sweet movie (sci fi isn’t supposed to be though, I guess). The acting was good, but the plot as sci fi goes, was not really eventful. Also, the whole technology of the space ship, and the ground control was really pretty hokey. They could have done much better. I mean, the radio contact between ground and ship was a guy at a desk with a microphone and a pad of paper. ok. The crew wears their regular clothes during the flight (one guy has on a bomber jacket and the captain is wearing a shirt and tie?). When they leave the ship to explore the planet the weapons for all five of them consist of a rifle and a pistol. Not sufficiently prepared to battle hostile alien life, as we see played out. The ending of the movie is sort of melodramatic-tragic.

  3. I remember this movie. I first saw it in the mid 60’s. For it’s time this was a very well made movie. I remember Lloyd Bridges from his TV show SEA HUNT. The best part is how they had to guest about all the technical stuff. We know so much more now.

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