Robinson Crusoe On Mars

Synopsis: During a flight to Mars in the spaceship Mars Gravity Probe 1, Commander Christopher 'Kit' Draper and Colonel Dan McReady are forced to deviate from an asteroid and they leave their spacecraft in pods. Draper lands on the surface of the Red Planet and survives. He learns how to produce oxygen and while exploring the planet, he finds McReady dead in his crashed pod. He finds also the monkey Mona and brings the animal to the cave where he is sheltered. He learns that he can breathe the Martian air for short periods but needs also oxygen. But Mona finds water and an edible plant in the underground. .After a long period alone, Draper feels the loneliness. One day, he sees a spacecraft landing on Mars and he believes it might be the rescue team to save him. But he finds aliens working on the planet and some of them are slaves. One of them flees and stumble with Draper and he names him Friday. Now he needs to find a way to be rescued and return to Earth.
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Byron Haskin
Production: Paramount Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

[Rocket Engines Boom]

?? [Speakers:
Slow Jazz]

[Monkey Chattering]


[Squawking Continues]

Listen, Mona. This banana paste

is meant for your survival only.

Besides, I just gave you some.

Mac, gonna break your heart when you have to

eject that little buddy of yours in a capsule.

I'm not. We'll make our

remaining orbits and start back.

- Mona stays with us.

- You're the skipper, Colonel.

We've got enough animal data,

haven't we, Mona?



?? [Continues]

- ## [Ends]

- [Woman] Steve and Diane sent that one to you.

[Machine Clicking]

- What do you think?

- I'm thinkin'. Look at that.

Whoo. Mars is burning up.

Boy, I'm glad Mona doesn't have to

go down into that fire swamp.

Yeah. Hey, what'll I fix for dinner?

How about some turkey

with mashed potatoes, gravy added?

I like mine in paste form.

You know, in a tube.


I think the diner can fix it that way.

There's also beefsteak and french fried

onions, also in a squeeze tube.

- We had that for breakfast, you know.

- [Alarm Buzzing]


Unidentified flying mass.

Dead ahead.


Massive. Collision course.



Distance interval:

28 seconds.

- [Buzzing Continues]

- [Beeping Continues]

- Fire main retros.

- Firing main retros.

Which way?

- Fire upper retros.

- Firing upper retros.

- [Buzzing Stops]

- [Beeping Continues]

[Beeping Continues]

- We're in a descending orbit.

- Decaying fast, my friend.

Mars's gravity's taking over,

pulling us down.

Calling NASA. Calling NASA.

Colonel Dan McReady,

commanding Mars Gravity Rrobe 1.

Forced out of orbital velocity

to avoid collision with planetoid...

and into tighter orbit of Mars.

The gravity of the planet's

pulling us toward it.

We've gotta blast back

into orbital velocity.

- Use all our fuel.

- That problem we can lick later.

Gravity pull has risen to 9.30.


I see. Well, blast again, delta velocity.

Delta "V" okay.

[Alarm Beeping]

That's our fuel.


[Man] NASA Earth Satellite

to Mars Gravity Probe 1.

Do not dissemble space vehicle until

all other procedures have been tried.

Prepare to eject.

Emergency procedure.

Ready, Mac.

So long, and good luck.

Okay, Kit.

I'll see you, when we join up.

- Blast off when you're ready.

- I'm ready.

So long. Be seeing you.

[Air Hissing]

[Hissing Stops]



[Air Hissing]


Hello, Mac.

How do you read me? Over.


Come on, old buddy. This is Kit.

How do you read me? Over.








[Wind Howling]


[Wind Whistling]



[Air Hissing]

This is Commander Christopher Draper...

the Navy of the United States

of America, planet Earth...

former copilot

Mars Gravity Probe 1.

On our third orbit of this planet...

we took evasive action

to avoid collision with a meteor...

and were forced into dangerous

gravitational pull of Mars.

We were forced to abandon ship.

As of now, the vehicle frame

is still orbiting Mars.

Seems to have established

gravitational balance.

[Air Hissing]

[Hissing Stops]

We ejected capsule without incident...

Colonel Dan McReady ejecting after I did.

I'll set out to look for him tomorrow.

From all indications, he should be on the other

side of a high range of rocky peaks to the west.

Now, my two most difficult

problems are air and water.

I have, with what's left in my tank and one

reserve cylinder, enough oxygen for...

oh, about 60 hours...

depending, of course,

on how much I exert myself.

My first discovery was that the air on Mars

is far too thin to support human life.

As to water, by severe rationing,

I can get by for about 15 days.

Course, once my air gives out,

water won't matter.

First positive survival point:

I found a yellow rock.

It's as burnable

as some of our poorer grades of coal.

Heat's uneven, but it should make

the Martian nights endurable.

[Air Hissing]

I feel a little bit like Columbus...

set down in a strange new land...

full of new wonders...

new discoveries.

It's a challenge, all right -

a challenge to my training.

Sometimes challenges

can get mighty big.

But I'm gonna stay alive,

believe me.

That's for the morale officer.

[Air Hissing]



[Breathing Erratically]





[Air Hissing]

Well, I've licked the heat

and shelter problem.

Breathing - that's a different story.

Moving about, exerting myself,

I've found that I can...

breathe the air of Mars for about,

oh, 12 to 15 minutes...

before I need to take air

from my tank for a booster.

Lying down, asleep...

inactive, I can get by for an hour

before taking a booster.

In this way, with some discomfort,

I can conserve my oxygen supply.

At the most optimistic appraisal...

I have 50 or so hours of life left...

God willing.

The problem is sleeping.

If I don't wake up in time to renew

my air supply, it's hearts and flowers.

I've got to make some kind of

alarm device, safeguard myself.


Tomorrow - and morning's only

a couple of hours away-

I'm gonna rejoin Mac.

Good old Mac.

I'll bet he's got

these problems licked.

[Breathing Heavily]



Mac! Mac!

Mac! Hey, Mac!

Mac! Hey, Mac!

Hey, Mac! Mac!



Now our song. To Dan, from Elinor, with lo -

[Wind Howling]

[Loud Boom]


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Ib Melchior

Ib Jørgen Melchior (September 17, 1917 – March 14, 2015) was a Danish-American novelist, short-story writer, film producer, film director, and screenwriter of low-budget American science fiction movies, most of them released by American International Pictures. more…

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