[Original Deluxe Studio Publicity Pressbook for:] DESTINATION MOON
by Heinlein, Robert [sourcework & screenwriter], and Alford ("Rip") Van Ronkel, and James O'Hanlon [screenwriters]
[Np]: George Pal Productions / Eagle - Lion Films, 1950. 28,pp. plus gatefold panels. Folio (51 x 34.5 cm). Heavy textured paper wrapper with color pictorial vignette. Heavily illustrated throughout, printed in red black and grey. Horizontal fold, some fraying at extended overlap wrapper edges, short splits around spine staples, ink date and smudge in upper fore-corner of top wrapper; still, a good, internally very good example of this unwieldy but magnificent presentation. The deluxe original studio publicity campaign pressbook for the first ambitious science fiction film of the 1950s, produced by George Pal and directed by Irving Pichel. The screenplay was based on Heinlein's novella (which was written for the screen), and Heinlein had a hand in the script. John Archer, Warner Anderson, Tom Powers, et al, starred, but actors played second fiddle to the Academy Award-winning special effects, which were overseen by Lee Zavitz, and rooted in Chesley Bonestell's design work. The film was an earnest attempt to present a popularized visual impression of the difficulties and strategies that would be entailed in achieving the first moon-landing, and as such exerted considerable influence on a generation or two of fans and future astrophysicists with no taste for B.E.M.s in their science fiction. (Inventory #: WRCLIT76321)
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