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First Men in the Moon (1964)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | 20 November 1964 (USA)
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When a spaceship lands on the moon, it is hailed as a new accomplishment, before it becomes clear that a Victorian party completed the journey in 1899, leading investigators to that mission's last survivor.

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Nathan Juran

Writers:

Nigel Kneale (screenplay), Jan Read (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward Judd ... Arnold Bedford
Martha Hyer ... Kate Callender
Lionel Jeffries ... Prof. Joseph Cavor
Miles Malleson ... Dymchurch Registrar
Norman Bird ... Stuart
Gladys Henson Gladys Henson ... Nursing Home Matron
Hugh McDermott ... Richard Challis
Betty McDowall ... Margaret Hoy
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Based on the HG Wells story. The world is delighted when a space craft containing a crew made up of the world's astronauts lands on the moon, they think for the first time. But the delight turns to shock when the astronauts discover an old British flag and a document declaring that the moon is taken for Queen Victoria proving that the astronauts were not the first men on the moon. On Earth, an investigation team finds the last of the Victorian crew - a now aged Arnold Bedford and he tells them the story of how he and his girlfriend, Katherine Callender, meet up with an inventor, Joseph Cavor, in 1899. Cavor has invented Cavorite, a paste that will allow anything to deflect gravity and he created a sphere that will actually take them to the moon. Taking Arnold and accidentally taking Katherine they fly to the moon where, to their total amazement, they discover a bee-like insect population who take an unhealthy interest in their Earthly visitors... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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H.G. Wells' Astounding Adventure in Dynamation!

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die erste Fahrt zum Mond See more »

Filming Locations:

Chertsey, Surrey, England, UK See more »

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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Composer Bernard Herrmann, who created the music scores for Charles H. Schneer and Ray Harryhausen's previous four films, was originally considered to compose the music score for this film, but he asked for a bigger salary, and because Schneer and Harryhausen's films were low-budget, they, unfortunately, could not meet his price, therefore, Laurie Johnson was chosen instead. See more »

Goofs

When Bedford releases Kate from her glass prison by smashing the glass with his rifle, the crystal pillar to the left wobbles slightly. As Kate exists the chamber, her dress hem catches briefly on a lower crystal structure revealing it to be just a two dimensional facade that flaps briefly as she passes. See more »

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That First Lunar Voyage
13 July 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Five years before the Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touch down on the moon, this film adaption of the H.G. Wells story First Men in the Moon came to the screen. A moon expedition has finally landed and to the amazement of all a perfectly preserved union jack is found and presumably claiming this large piece of real estate for the United Kingdom.

And a diary with three names in it gives the names of those people who were on this first lunar expedition. One of them is still alive and in a nursing home in Great Britain. It's Edward Judd, now in his eighties or nineties as you'd have it and he has an amazing adventure to tell.

I use the phrase deliberately because such an amazing adventure is the kind of stuff Stephen Spielberg would find ideal. And if he reads this, maybe he'll think on it as a future project. But if he does it, it will have to be without the special special effects of Ray Harryhausen who created an enchanting, but very dangerous world on the moon.

Judd's story is how he and his fiancé Martha Hyer got involved with an eccentric scientist Lionel Jeffries. Jeffries may look eccentric as he usually does in his roles, but he's developed nothing less than a totally unique form of propulsion and he knows what he wants to do with it. Nothing less than a trip to the moon.

Like Jeanette Macdonald in Maytime or Gloria Stuart in Titanic, Judd from the man's point of view tells the story of his lost love Hyer and that unique trip to the moon. As to what happens there and what happens to Jeffries, Judd, and Hyer you have to see the film for that.

Since it's a Ray Harryhausen film you kind of know what to expect and Harryhausen delivers in grand style.

It almost makes you believe that it was Judd, Jeffries, and Hyer who took that one small step for man first.


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