Destination Moon (1950)

USA, 1950
92m, 8224 feet
35mm film, “color by Technicolor”, 1.37:1
mono (Western Electric Sound System), English

An American science fiction film directed by Irving Pichel.

Plot Summary

An American scientist leads a rocker mission to the moon.


Directed by: Irving Pichel
Copyright MCML [1950] George Pal Productions, Inc.
George Pal Productions Inc. presents. Released by Eagle Lion Films, Inc.
Produced by: George Pal
Written for the Screen by: Rip Van Ronkel, Robert A. Heinlein, James O’Hanlon
From a Novel by: Robert A. Heinlein
Photographed by: Lionel Lindon
Film Editor: Duke Goldstone
Music by: Leith Stevens
Sound: William Lynch
Make-Up Artist: Webster Phillips
Special Effects: Lee Zavitz
Cartoon Sequences by: Walter Lantz
Production Designer: Ernst Fegté
Technical Advisor: Robert A. Heinlein
Technical Advisor of Astronomical Art: Chesley Bonestell

John Archer (Jim Barnes)
Warner Anderson (Dr Charles Cargraves)
Tom Powers (General Thayer)
Dick Wesson (Joe Sweeney)
Erin O’Brien-Moore (Emily Cargraves)

Alternative Titles



  • American Cinematographer vol.81 no.3 (March 2000) pp.108-112 – article (Lunar ambition Jan Alan Henderson)
  • Empire no.95 (May 1997) p.57 – review (by Kim Newman)
  • Filmfax no.80 (August/September 2000) pp.50-59 – article (The making of George Pal’s Destination Moon – by Jack Hagerty)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.17 no.200 (September 1950) p.140 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.180 no1 (1 July 1950) – credits, review
  • Starlog no.202 (May 1994) pp.60-65 – article (Lunar destiny by Tom Weaver)
  • Today’s Cinema vol.75 no.6057 (11 August 1950) – credits, review
  • Variety 28 June 1950 – credits, review


  • Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.119 – credits
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.95 – credits