History Film / RocketshipXM

2nd Sep '15 7:01:18 PM nombretomado
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In 1949 Hollywood was abuzz with the news of George Pal's upcoming ''Film/DestinationMoon''. Taking advantage of the movie's long production time (due to its extensive special effects), exploitation studio Lippert Productions decided to beat them to the cinemas. The result was ''Rocketship [[XtremeKoolLetterz X-M]]'' (AKA ''Expedition Moon'' and ''Rocketship XM-1'') filmed in only eighteen days. It shows. While competently written and directed by Kurt Neumann, the movie contains moments of FridgeLogic, HollywoodScience and SpecialEffectsFailure that decades later were gleefuly riffed by ''MysteryScienceTheater3000''.

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In 1949 Hollywood was abuzz with the news of George Pal's upcoming ''Film/DestinationMoon''. Taking advantage of the movie's long production time (due to its extensive special effects), exploitation studio Lippert Productions decided to beat them to the cinemas. The result was ''Rocketship [[XtremeKoolLetterz X-M]]'' (AKA ''Expedition Moon'' and ''Rocketship XM-1'') filmed in only eighteen days. It shows. While competently written and directed by Kurt Neumann, the movie contains moments of FridgeLogic, HollywoodScience and SpecialEffectsFailure that decades later were gleefuly riffed by ''MysteryScienceTheater3000''.
''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.



For the ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S02E01RocketshipXM episode recap page]].

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For the ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S02E01RocketshipXM episode recap page]].
26th Jun '15 7:51:55 PM Odon
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* DuelingMovies: And not just at the box office -- contrast the anti-nuclear {{Aesop}} of this movie with the pro-nuclear theme of ''DestinationMoon''.
** To the point that the ship only misses the moon because of a nasty letter sent to this movie's producers.

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* DuelingMovies: To the point that the ship only misses the moon because of a nasty letter sent to this movie's producers. And not just at the box office -- contrast the anti-nuclear {{Aesop}} of this movie with the pro-nuclear theme of ''DestinationMoon''.
** To the point that the ship only misses the moon because of a nasty letter sent to this movie's producers.
''Film/DestinationMoon''.
27th Mar '15 9:36:41 AM marcoasalazarm
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* AfterTheEnd: Mars

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* AfterTheEnd: MarsMars. The Martians nuked themselves ''back to the Stone Age''.



* [[spoiler:DownerEnding]]

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* [[spoiler:DownerEnding]][[spoiler:DownerEnding: EverybodysDeadDave. The bright spot is that the Rocketship manages to contact Earth and tell the tale, and those on Earth decide to continue exploring in defiance to the tragedy.]]
15th Feb '15 7:14:44 PM AnotherGuy
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** Justified, since a moonship ''does'' move slowest at the crossover point between Earth and Lunar gravity, which appears to be what the dialogue describes.

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** Justified, since a moonship ''does'' move slowest at the crossover point between Earth and Lunar gravity, which appears to be what the dialogue describes.describes.
* {{Zeerust}}: Yeah, ''manually'' make calculations instead of having one of those electronic adding things, something called a "com-pyoo-tor."
22nd Nov '14 8:52:59 AM Epithumia
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* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay: Apparently weightlessness occurs when you get far enough from Earth, and has nothing to do with whether or not the engines are firing or you are in orbit.
20th Nov '14 1:39:15 PM Epithumia
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* [[NoSenseOfTime Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense Of Time]]: With only 16 minutes to launch, the crew begin a press conference. With 6 minutes to go, they are having a nice chat before being driven to the ship. 2 minutes are sufficient for the drive to the ship and leisurely climb to the control room. Anyone who has followed a real launch on TV will recognise how hopelessly compressed this is.

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* [[NoSenseOfTime [[SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfTime Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense Of Time]]: With only 16 minutes to launch, the crew begin a press conference. With 6 minutes to go, they are having a nice chat before being driven to the ship. 2 minutes are sufficient for the drive to the ship and leisurely climb to the control room. Anyone who has followed a real launch on TV will recognise how hopelessly compressed this is.
20th Nov '14 1:38:07 PM Epithumia
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* SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfTime: With only 16 minutes to launch, the crew begin a press conference. With 6 minutes to go, they are having a nice chat before being driven to the ship. 2 minutes are sufficient for the drive to the ship and leisurely climb to the control room. Anyone who has followed a real launch on TV will recognise how hopelessly compressed this is.

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* SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfTime: [[NoSenseOfTime Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense Of Time]]: With only 16 minutes to launch, the crew begin a press conference. With 6 minutes to go, they are having a nice chat before being driven to the ship. 2 minutes are sufficient for the drive to the ship and leisurely climb to the control room. Anyone who has followed a real launch on TV will recognise how hopelessly compressed this is.
20th Nov '14 1:36:36 PM Epithumia
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* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfTime: With only 16 minutes to launch, the crew begin a press conference. With 6 minutes to go, they are having a nice chat before being driven to the ship. 2 minutes are sufficient for the drive to the ship and leisurely climb to the control room. Anyone who has followed a real launch on TV will recognise how hopelessly compressed this is.

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* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfTime: SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfTime: With only 16 minutes to launch, the crew begin a press conference. With 6 minutes to go, they are having a nice chat before being driven to the ship. 2 minutes are sufficient for the drive to the ship and leisurely climb to the control room. Anyone who has followed a real launch on TV will recognise how hopelessly compressed this is.
20th Nov '14 1:33:46 PM Epithumia
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* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfTime: With only 16 minutes to launch, the crew begin a press conference. With 6 minutes to go, they are having a nice chat before being driven to the ship. 2 minutes are sufficient for the drive to the ship and leisurely climb to the control room. Anyone who has followed a real launch on TV will recognise how hopelessly compressed this is.
20th Nov '14 1:02:24 PM Epithumia
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** To the point that, as noted below, the ship only misses the moon because of a nasty letter sent to this movie's producers.

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** To the point that, as noted below, that the ship only misses the moon because of a nasty letter sent to this movie's producers.
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