A few days ago I watched the film "Destination Moon", which was released in 1950. I wanted to see if anyone else has seen it and what are your thoughts about it. My opinion is mixed - overall, the plot was very thin and was driven by the imperialist spirit of the government, and the chivalrous urges of one-dimensional characters - brave and a bit weary astronauts, who risk their lives for science and their country. I liked that the film tries to be as close to science as possible, and to present the dangers of space and the new challenges that astronauts will have to face. Keep in mind that this movie was made more than 10 years before the first actual manned flight in outer space. Another thing I enjoyed was the production design and had a few laughs at what people thought as "futuristic"back then. The set designs were mostly adequate, with some very pretty imagined moonscapes and views of the Earth from space. The Technicolor production is fitting and quite refreshing, and pleasing to the eye. Robert Heinlein served as a consultant and participated actively in the writing of the script. Wikipedia says:"Certain story elements from his 1947 juvenile novel Rocket Ship Galileo were adapted for use in the film's final screenplay. Heinlein also published a tie-in novella, Destination Moon, based on the screenplay." Heinlein's involvement is also indicated by the certain overly patriotic and imperialist tone of the conquest of the Moon. The government is convinced that it must act because if the moon falls in the wrong hands, enemy military bases will be built there and rockets will start flying towards the US. I think it's a movie worth watching - it is fairly well paced, it's pleasant to look at and may deliver a few laughs. It is also quite interesting to observe the theme of post-WWII paranoia. This thread brings us to another fine sci-fi movie from the 50's - The Incredible Shrinking Man. Anyone seen it? It's among my personal favorite sci-fi movies of all time.