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Destination Moon

Destination Moon(1950)

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Quotes

  • Woody Woodpecker  

    Ha-ha-ha-HA-ha! It'll never get off the ground. Hmph -- no propellers!

  • Cartoon Narrator  

    Rockets do not employ propellers. They use jets.

  • Woody Woodpecker  

    So do gas pumps, but they don't fly to the Moon.

  • Cartoon Narrator  

    Obviously you know nothing about rockets. Now, let's pretend that umbrella of yours is a shotgun.

  • Cartoon Narrator  

    Shoot it.

  • Industrialist  

    Now listen, fella, I've known you from way back. Two-engine planes weren't fast enough: you had to go in for four. Then props weren't fast enough: you had to go in for jets. Now you've got a hold of something else, something that'll go higher and faster than anything that ever existed before. You can't swing it alone, so you're trying to rope us in on it. Well, before we go along with you, you'll have to tell us: what's the payoff?

  • Jim Barnes  

    Dollars and cents? I don't know. I want to do this job because it's never been done. Because I don't know. It's research, it's pioneering. What's the Moon? Another North Pole -- another South Pole -- our only satellite, our nearest neighbor in the sky.

  • Industrialist  

    But why go there, Jim?

  • Jim Barnes  

    We'll know when we get there; we'll tell you when we get back. It's a venture that I don't want to be left out of.

  • Jim Barnes  

    Here's the reason. The vast amount of brains, talents, special skills, and research facilities necessary for this project are not in the government, nor can they be mobilized by the government in peacetime without fatal delay. Only American industry can do this job. And American industry must get to work, now, just as we did in the last war!

  • Industrialist  

    Yes, but the government footed the bill!

  • Jim Barnes  

    And they'll foot this bill, too, if we're successful; you know that. If we fail, we'll take a colossal beating. So we can't fail! Not only is this the greatest adventure awaiting mankind, but it's the greatest challenge ever hurled at American industry. And General Thayer is going to tell you why.

  • General Thayer  

    The reason is quite simple. We are not the only ones who know that the Moon can be reached. We're not the only ones who are planning to go there. The race is on -- and we'd better win it, because there is absolutely no way to stop an attack from outer space. The first country that can use the Moon for the launching of missiles... will control the Earth. That, gentlemen, is the most important military fact of this century.

  • Dr. Charles Cargraves  

    You can't buck public opinion; I've tried. Have you seen this?

  • General Thayer  

    That isn't public opinion -- it's a job of propaganda!

  • Jim Barnes  

    You're almighty right it is. Manufactured and organized -- with money and brains. Somebody's out to get us.

  • Jim Barnes  

    Say, Doc, the ship's about ready to take off, isn't she?

  • Dr. Charles Cargraves  

    Except for tests and minor adjustments.

  • Jim Barnes  

    Well, what's the next favorable time?

  • Dr. Charles Cargraves  

    About a month from now.

  • Jim Barnes  

    No, I don't mean that. What's the next favorable time this month?