Archer, Anderson, Wesson, and Powers rocket to the moon but find they haven't enough fuel to lift off again. They jettison everything they can but are still too heavy. Wesson decides to sacrifice himself but Archer figures out a way to get along without their heavy pressure suits and so
they lift off to safety. Superficially a routine, even dull, science fiction film, this one was actually the most important contribution to the genre of the 1950s. Producer Pal and director Pichel tried to make the film as realistic as possible to distance it from the "Flash Gordon" tradition of
the genre. Robert Heinlein co-scripted the screenplay, based on his novel, and Walter La...