Destination Moon – 1950

August 21, 2009

It’s pretty amazing what you can buy on Amazon for $3. Destination Moon is one of those great finds. It’s one of the first space exploration movies that took into consideration the prospect, technology, and problems of space travel (Fritz Lang’s “Frau Im Mond” also attempted this in 1929 although little was know about feasible space travel.) The film was produced by George Pál, who later produced “When Worlds Collide”, “The War of the Worlds”, and “The Time Machine”. The film won the Academy Award for best visual effects in 1950!

I even found some great stills in the LIFE photography archive! The vision of space suits in the future is AWESOME!

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Lately I’ve been a huge vintage poster kick. I especially love the old Science Fiction movie posters. I always liked the merging of the pin-up culture with the scientific themes. The posters are great; oftentimes mixing robots and monsters with women. Check out my favorites.

Fritz Lang's Frau im Mond (1929)

Fritz Lang's Frau im Mond (1929)

Metropolis - Also by Fritz Lang (1927)

Metropolis - Also by Fritz Lang (1927)

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Forbidden Planet (1956)

Forbidden Planet (1956)

Invasion of the Saucer-Men (1957)

Invasion of the Saucer-Men (1957)

Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1958)

Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1958)

King Kong (1933)

King Kong (1933)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)