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Woman in the Moon (1929)

Frau im Mond (original title)
A tenacious scientist blasts off for the moon in hopes of riches that may be found there.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Pohl ...
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Ingenieur Hans Windegger (as Gustav v. Wangenheim)
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Gustl Gstettenbaur ...
Gustav (as Gustl Stark-Gstettenbaur)
Fritz Rasp ...
Der Mann
Tilla Durieux ...
Fünf Gehirne und Scheckbücher
Hermann Vallentin ...
Fünf Gehirne und Scheckbücher
Max Zilzer ...
Fünf Gehirne und Scheckbücher
Mahmud Terja Bey ...
Fünf Gehirne und Scheckbücher
Borwin Walth ...
Fünf Gehirne und Scheckbücher
Karl Platen ...
Der Mann am Mikrophon
Die Maus Josephine ...
Mouse
Margarete Kupfer ...
Frau Hippolt, Haushälterin bei Helius
Alexa von Porembsky ...
Eine Veilchenverkäuferin (as Alexa v. Porembska)
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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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6 February 1931 (USA)  »

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Trivia

German rocket scientist Hermann Oberth was hired by the studio to create a flying model of the Friede (the rocket in the movie) to launch from northern Germany on the day of the release as a publicity stunt. However, Oberth pulled out of the deal because the rocket was not working, and undue pressure from the director was causing too many frayed nerves. 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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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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There's a nice little film wandering around…somewhere
31 December 2004 | by (Frostbite Falls, MN) – See all my reviews

It's about 40 years since the last manned flight left the moon, and 40 years before that "Woman in the Moon" hit the silver screen. So we can admire the prescience of Willy and Werner in their multi-stage rocket and their depiction of zero gravity. But I struggled with the most non-ergometric controls ever engineered, the atmosphere of the moon, the presence of bubbling springs of water, and a divining rod(!?) used to find gold. The film also gets into trouble with its many and varied subplots—the two-men-in-love-with-the-same-woman subplot, the speculators-cornering-the-gold-market subplot, the evil-spy-network subplot, the cute-kid-stowaway subplot… It makes for a long film (my DVD comes in at 149 minutes) and a not very interesting one. The expressionist acting style wears after a while, and the slow-moving plot doesn't help matters. I loved the rocket launch (done by Oskar Fischenger, whose short animation films you should check out), and am able to put up with a fair amount of hokum in the name of entertainment. But this isn't one of Lang's best efforts.


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