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Woman in the Moon (1929)

Frau im Mond (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 6 February 1931 (USA)
A tenacious scientist blasts off for the moon in hopes of riches that may be found there.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Thea von Harbou (manuscript), Thea von Harbou (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willy Fritsch ... Wolf Helius
Gerda Maurus ... Stud. astr. Friede Velten
Klaus Pohl Klaus Pohl ... Professor Georg Manfeldt
Fritz Rasp ... Der Mann, der sich Walter Turner nennt
Gustl Gstettenbaur ... Gustav (as Gustl Stark-Gstettenbaur)
Gustav von Wangenheim ... Ingenieur Hans Windegger (as Gustav v. Wangenheim)
Tilla Durieux Tilla Durieux ... Fünf Gehirne und Scheckbücher
Margarete Kupfer ... Frau Hippolt, Haushälterin bei Helius
Alexa von Porembsky Alexa von Porembsky ... Eine Veilchenverkäuferin (as Alexa v. Porembska)
Heinrich Gotho Heinrich Gotho ... Der Mieter vom II. Stock (as Gotho)
Alfred Loretto Alfred Loretto ... Zwei eindeutige Existenzen (as Loretto)
Max Maximilian Max Maximilian ... Grotjan, Chauffeur bei Helius (as Maximilian)
Edgar Pauly Edgar Pauly ... Zwei eindeutige Existenzen (as Pauly)
Karl Platen Karl Platen ... Der Mann am Mikrophon
Gerhard Dammann Gerhard Dammann ... Der Werkmeister der Helius-Flugwerften (as Dammann)
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Storyline

Thirty years ago, at a scientific conference, Prof. Manfeldt presented his theory on the existence of gold on the Moon. It was greeted with laughter by the assembled academics. Today, Herr Helius has ambitious plans to build a spaceship... and take it to the Moon! Windegger, his chief engineer, will be going, and so will Prof. Manfeldt, now living in a cramped garret alone with his theory. But there are disagreements with the financiers who insist that their man Turner also accompany the flight... The unmanned Rocket H 32 brings back valuable information from the dark side of the Moon. Helius is upset by the news of Windegger's engagement to the pretty Friede. And the financiers have a secret agenda: to control the world's gold supply... Finally, the Spaceship "Friede" is ready as it rolls out on its gantry for takeoff. The staged rocket works as planned, but the acceleration is fierce. As they approach the Moon, they discover a stowaway on board, Gustav, a little boy... Written by David Carless

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Certificate:

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

6 February 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

By Rocket to the Moon See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2000 restoration) | (DVD) | (1970) (edited) | (Cinemateca Portuguesa)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film contains one of the earliest examples of product placement in a film. A character is seen drinking from a glass that says "ODOL", which is now known as a German brand of mouthwash, but back then may have been a carbonated beverage. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Manfeldt's newspaper clipping contains the date "Donnerstag (Thursday) August 17, 1896". That day was actually a Monday. See more »

Quotes

[Opening intertitle]
The Author: "Never" does not exist for the human mind... only "Not yet."
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Crazy Credits

Fritz Rasp is billed in the opening credits as "Der Mann, der sich Walter Turner nennt" or "The man who calls himself Walter Turner." See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was given a release from Kino Internation on DVD, running a length of 169 minutes. The 2000 restoration runs 200 minutes. The original showing in the United States ran 156 minutes and was later cut to 95 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Les cinéphiles - Le retour de Jean (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Heimlich singt für uns die Liebe
Music by Willy Schmidt-Gentner
Lyrics by Fritz Rotter & Andre Mauprey
Sung by Gerda Maurus and Willy Fritsch
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Longer than an actual flight to the moon!
15 December 2003 | by jim-papageorgeSee all my reviews

I saw the original premiere presentation director's cut of this movie in January of 2003, with excellent musical accompaniment by Dennis James at the Paramount theater. Perfect, restored print, a movie that I have always wanted to see (since it was mentioned in Carlos Clarens "Horror Movies" first published in 1967). HOWEVER... The tendency toward "original, premiere presntation" director's cut reached new heights of lunacy (pun intended) with this movie. It ran more than three hours and 40 minutes! According to it's IMDB entry the original version that ran in the US was 95 minutes with longer versions (running time up to 2 and a half hours) running in Europe. At times I felt as if I had been placed in hypersleep in prep for a deep space expedition of my own! The film certainly lived up to advance billing, yet certain things, like the 45-minute opening dinner scene, were obviously way longer than they needed to be. One doesn't need to be a genius to know that after the premiere, Fritz Lang probably cut the dinner scene to about three minutes, removed whole sections, and generally tightened up an otherwise improbable story. For example, the moon is portrayed as a rather pleasant (if poorly stocked with resources for survival) beach resort. Everyone runs around in sweaters and jodhpurs, and true love seems destined to survive the wait for a return rescue rocket. Other stuff was great: the launch pad, countdown and the experience of the G forces on blastoff were, well the archetypal events for all the space operas to follow. A good movie, but probably seen to much better effect on video or in the shorter release version (if either ever turns up).


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