From the DVD case: Four men and a girl blast-off on mankind’s first expedition to the moon, but due to a cataclysmic cosmic event are sent hurtling out of control to Mars. Once on the red planet, the crew discover an atomic war-ravaged world inhabited by mutants! (1950, b&w)
Mark says: Rocketship X-M was rushed into production after George Pal announced his production of Destination Moon. The idea was to capitalize on Pal’s announcement and beat him to the box office. This little bit of underhandedness has earned Rocketship X-M the distinction of being “the first space exploration film of the Atomic Age.”
In terms of production and science, Destination Moon beats Rocketship X-M hands down. But R-XM ultimately proves to be the more interesting film because of its focus on the human element.