Destination Moon

Synopsis: After their latest rocket fails, Dr. Charles Cargraves and retired General Thayer have to start over again. This time, Gen. Thayer approaches Jim Barnes, the head of his own aviation construction firms to help build a rocket that will take them to the moon. Together they gather the captains of industry and all pledge to support the goals of having the United States be the first to put a man on the moon. They build their rocket and successfully leave the Earth's gravitational pull and make the landing as scheduled. Barnes has miscalculated their fuel consumption however and after stripping the ship bare, they are still 100 lbs too heavy meaning that one of them will have to stay behind.
Director(s): Irving Pichel
Production: Eagle-Lion
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.
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92 min

The Moon? Impossible!

Even with an atomic energy engine?

Exhaust velocity potential

of 30,000 ft/sec?

A thrust of 3,000,000 pounds?

Why, even Gesputly's atomic engine has

only limited use. He has no mobile unit.

Cargrave's has spent the last 2 years

on it. He designed and tested it.

His scale model ran for an hour and 23

minutes before it blew up!


- I saw it, Jim.

And the government hasn't taken

that over?

It's peacetime. The government isn't

making that kind of appropriations.

They'll need to rocket one day

and they'll turn to you!

To private industry. Government always

does that when it gets in a jam!

This time, I figured we might be ready

for the government!

Preparedness isn't all military, Jim.

What about the money?

That's not the problem!

It's production. That's why I came

to you. You're a production man.

The problem right now is

one of research.

Designing, special materials...

the pooling of resources, specialized

skills, engineering brains....

industrial capacity.

No single company could

possibly do it.

But combined American industry

sparked by Jim Barnes...

could put a rocket on the moon

within a year.

What do you say, Jim?

Do we go to lunch?

Or do we go to the moon?

The moon, huh?

Here's the control room.

All this space below carries the working

fluid, the reaction mass.

Water heated to dry steam by the atomic

pile and expelled by this jet.

Here we have the shielding to

protect the crew from radioactivity.

Here are the gyros that can be used to

turn the ship to any desired attitude.

I admit, gentlemen, that this

enterprise appeals to me!

I've always been attracted by

progressive forms of transportation!

I'm not known as a

"horse and buggy" man!

I'd like to have a finger in this

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Alford Van Ronkel

Alford Van Ronkel was born on July 2, 1908 in Illinois, USA as Alford Arthur Von Ronkel. He was a writer and actor, known for Destination Moon (1950), The Bamboo Saucer (1968) and Once Upon a Scoundrel (1973). He was married to Carol. He died on March 30, 1965 in Hollywood, California, USA. more…

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