Get Your Cast to Mars – Episode 3: Mars Before NASA

Get Your Cast To Mars is a three part micro-podcast focusing on the planet Mars. In anticipation of Ridley Scott’s blockbuster spectacle The Martian, join Matthew Brown and Kurt Halfyard as they consider the red planet as an image, an idea, and a somewhat rare place visited in the cinema of the past 100 years.

In PART 3, we look at how Mars fares on film in 20th century before NASA was created by the United States Government in 1958. In this period, Mars is playground of the imagination, a spiritual place when one goes for love and optimism, and maybe to meet women. As we go back to the dawn of cinema, Mars gets positively fantastical on screen, and our hopes more grand and unrestrained. Plus, Iced-Cream delivery.

Viewing Syllabus: Aelita (1924), Himmelskibet (1918), Abbott and Costello Go To Mars (1953), Conquest of Space (1955), Flight To Mars (1951).

All three episodes are available now for streaming (see table of contents below) or in the RowThree podcast feed to send to whatever electronic device you prefer:

As always, please join in the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section and again, thanks for listening!


The complete adventures of Matt and Kurt go to Mars:




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