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VIDEO: A 1950 On-Set Interview with “Destination Moon” Director Irving Pichel, George Pal, Robert Heinlein & Chesley Bonestell

Here’s a cool find by Andrew Porter: An on-set interview with the folks involved in the filming of Destination Moon, including director Irving Pichel, producer George Pal, writer Robert Heinlein, and artist Chesley Bonestell (who acted as technical advisor). Great historical value here…


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2 Comments on VIDEO: A 1950 On-Set Interview with “Destination Moon” Director Irving Pichel, George Pal, Robert Heinlein & Chesley Bonestell

  1. Pal, Bonestell and Heinlein to boot!

    Interestingly, I was re-reading Heinlein’s “Making of” last night and he really had nice things to say about the director and how carefully he was trying to make the movie–plus how many of the crew were buy non-fiction books (by Ley and others) and discussing them between takes.

  2. Mark McSherry // July 7, 2013 at 8:39 am //

    And if you’ve a copy of REQUIEM, not only does it contain the story DESTINATION MOON and SHOOTING DESTINATION MOON, but also RAH’s ‘Guest of Honor Speech – Rio de Janeiro Movie Festival, 1969’

    Quote below—

    In 1969, Robert was invited to a film festival in Rio de Janeiro and asked to make an introductory talk at the French Embassy Theater, when Destination Moon was shown there. This speech is a tribute to Irving Pichel for his work on the picture, and to George Pal (who was present at the film festival) for allowing Mr. Pichel to do his work as he needed to. Following this talk, there was a showing of the motion picture. —  Virginia Heinlein

    Robinson, Spider; Larry Niven; Tom Clancy; Spider Robinson; Yoji Kondo (2011-02-10). Requiem: New Collected Works by Robert A. Heinlein and Tributes to the Grand Master (Kindle Locations 4410-4414). Booksurge. Kindle Edition.

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