Set just after the American civil war, businessman and inventor Victor Barbicane invents a new source of power called Power X. He plans to use it to power rockets, and to show its potential he plans to send a projectile to the moon. Joining him for the trip are his assistant Ben Sharpe, Barbicane's arch-rival Stuyvesant Nicholl, and Nicholl's daughter Virginia. Nicholl believes that Power X goes against the will of God and sabotages the projectile so that they cannot return to earth, setting up a suspenseful finale as they battle to repair the projectile. Written by
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This was one of the last films produced for RKO. By the time it was completed, RKO had ceased production and distribution. It was released through Warner Brothers. See more
When Nicholl asks that they toast death when drinking their celebratory glass of wine, Barbicane looks askance, telling Nicholl that "his sense of humor leaves a great deal to be desired," but acquiesces, saying reluctantly, and with obvious distaste and puzzlement, "Very well - to death." Yet despite his supposed dismay at Nicholl's morbid toast, Barbicane himself makes sarcastic remarks about death no fewer than four times throughout the voyage: at the start (telling them wryly that in a few minutes they might be dead); while explaining the acceleration tubes ("You'll have just eight seconds to brood over that error - after that you'll be dead"); when Nicholl is eating ("Cheer up - there's a strong possibility that you'll never finish that soup"); and after explaining his now-aborted plans for the sale of Power X ("Actually, we should all be dead already"). See more
You know, whenever I see you, I get the feeling that Barbicane is up to no good.
Opening credits are on the pages of a book, with the leads' photos included above the name. See more
References Forbidden Planet
from Forbidden Planet (1956)
composed by Bebe Barron
and Louis Barron
heard during the scenes on board the rocket See more