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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

1950

Sci-fi movies of 1950: Not too many sci-fi films were released in 1950, but Destination Moon made a big impression, affecting movie makers and movie goers for years afterward.

Destination Moon -- a seriously imagined rocket trip to the moon.

The Flying Saucer -- a low-grade spy story with soviet and American agents seeking a scientist's secret saucer-aircraft.

Rocketship XM -- A moon mission goes awry, landing on Mars, where a prior nuclear holocaust reduced martian civilization to rubble and cave dwellers.

4 comments:

ANNA K DONAHUE said...

I'm looking for a classic sic-fi/horror film but can't remember the name. Does this sound familiar? It starts out with a young couple walking through a burned out landscape and ends with a hilarious and exciting chase scene that goes on forever. A green, glowing meteor infects the evil scientist who gradually is overcome with an entirely green, glowing body as he chases the screaming young woman around. As I remember it was in black and white except for the green but not sure.

Nightowl said...

Anna,
That doesn't sound like any of the movies I've watched from the 50s or early 60s -- the black & white era. I'm wondering if it might have been a television episode of Outer Limits or one of those series. I've not watched all of those, so can't say definitively. Maybe search episode lists and synopses of those? Just an idea.

ANNA K DONAHUE said...

Found it and you will want to check this out. My description wasn't very accurate but definitely worth watching for the extended conclusion. I didn't realize that Karloff was in it. Should have remembered "Die, Monster, Die" !! I did not see the year it was released as a double feature with "Planet of the Vampires"
http://classicscifi.blogspot.com/2010/08/die-monster-die.html

Nightowl said...

Anna, glad you found your movie. I have to admit, it wasn't ringing any bells from your description. DMD is a curious sort of film. Karloff makes it, despite all the stereotyped haunted-house cliches.