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Unseen Photos of Destination Moon 
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Life magazine dispatched photographer Allan Grant to cover the filming of Destination Moon.

Recently Google added millions of images from Life's archives. I have found over two hundred Destination Moon shots, the vast majority never published.

SEE the rigging and nets as stuntmen in space suits dangle in the air!

SEE forced perspective as "midget actors" working in the background make the lunar set look bigger!

SEE gag photos posed for the visiting lensman!
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(I don't know who these people are.)

I am fond of this one:
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I believe the guy in the center is Irving Pichel, the director, and the guy on the right is George Pal, the producer.

Before you ask, I haven't found any photos of Heinlein in this collection.

Enjoy browsing.

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Bravo! Excellent work. Those are fascinating pictures.


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beamjockey wrote:
I believe the guy in the center is Irving Pichel, the director, and the guy on the right is George Pal, the producer.

Not in that picture -- or possibly you meant to include the one with three suits. Pichel is not in that one either. I didn't see Pichel in any of this lot. He's a tall, lean man with white hair.


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Bill Patterson wrote:
beamjockey wrote:
I believe the guy in the center is Irving Pichel, the director, and the guy on the right is George Pal, the producer.

Not in that picture -- or possibly you meant to include the one with three suits. Pichel is not in that one either. I didn't see Pichel in any of this lot. He's a tall, lean man with white hair.


Okay, so it wasn't a good guess. There are captions for only a tiny handful of the pictures. I was going from a still online from Pichel's acting days, and none too sure about my identification.

Maybe those are just the stuntmen.

Any guess about the dancers? People shooting another movie on a nearby soundstage, perhaps?

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Sudden thought: Did Pichel shoot a ballet sequence and then drop it from the movie?

Would be out of keeping with his mighty efforts to achieve realism, of course. So it seems unlikely.

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beamjockey wrote:
Sudden thought: Did Pichel shoot a ballet sequence and then drop it from the movie?

Would be out of keeping with his mighty efforts to achieve realism, of course. So it seems unlikely.

James O'Hanlon wrote in a soppy subplot about Carstair's family life Pichel stripped out most of that -- almost all of O'Hanlon's innovations, in fact -- when he wrote the shooting script, as directors often do, going back to Heinlein's and van Ronkel's third script. But there were a few bits of O'Hanlon left in (for which they built a house as a set at a cost of $40,000 -- 8% of the entire budget -- at at time when real houses were selling for about $6000. And then all of that subplot got cut in the editing.

I believe O'Hanlon had a country club dance scene, but I don't remember a ballet.


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Yee-HAW! Thanks, BeamJockey!

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I found some more photos. There are 86 pictures of ballet dancers on the Destination Moon set.

In my blog at http://beamjockey.livejournal.com/118097.html, I ask for help in figuring out why. Seek details there.

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Bill H -- don't know if you are still chasing this down, but have you tried to get in contact with George Pal's son David Pal? He worked with his father on several later films. He was only 12 or 13 when Destination Moon was filmed, but it's possible he hung around the set and would know something. I believe he's still alive (at least, I can't find any record of his passing) and would be 72 or so now.


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