By Rocket to the Moon
By Rocket to the Moon (German title, Frau im Mond, 1929) was directed by Fritz Lang and is considered by many to be the first serious, full-length, science fiction motion picture. Fanciful in some respects, the movie, which garnered the advice of Germany’s early rocket scientists, was prescient in many technical aspects, including the first filmed count-down, a multi-staged rocket, necessary escape velocity and resultant g-forces, and the relative effects of Earth and moon’s gravitation fields. Hitler was impressed by the movie and Werner von Braun and his associates were inspired by the film to make a manned moon landing their lifelong ambition, culminating in the Saturn V rocket and the Apollo moon project. The film starred Willy Fritsch, Gerda Maurus, Fritz Rasp, Klaus Pohl, Gustav von Wangenheim (as Gustav v. Wangenheim), and Josephine, the Mouse. A German industrialist, Wolf Helius (Fritsch), is blackmailed by a crime syndicate to lead a mission to the moon in search of gold.
The following firearms were used in the film By Rocket to the Moon:
Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket
Turner (Fritz Rasp) threatens Helius (Willy Fritsch) with a Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket.
Mauser Pocket Pistol
Turner and Ingenieur Hans Windegger (Gustav von Wangenheim) use a Mauser Pocket Pistol as they fight each other for control of Friede, the moon rocket.