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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 ...
Gustav von Wangenheim ...
Ingenieur Hans Windegger (as Gustav v. Wangenheim)
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 ...
Margarete Kupfer ...
Frau Hippolt, Haushälterin bei Helius
Alexa von Porembsky ...
Eine Veilchenverkäuferin (as Alexa v. Porembska)


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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Release Date:

6 February 1931 (USA)  »

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By Rocket to the Moon  »

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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the Nazis began working on war rockets, they decided the movie's rockets were too close to the truth. To preserve secrecy, they had the models destroyed and the film withdrawn from release. See more »


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


[Opening intertitle]
The Author: "Never" does not exist for the human mind... only "Not yet."
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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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A Pleasant Little Surprise
17 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the coolest things for any silent film buff is to discover a film that they hadn't heard of or known too much about. That's the case with Fritz Lang's restored "Woman in the Moon", in the 2004 KINO DVD release, in which the print quality is excellent and a new piano/synthesizer score has been added. As has been cited by many others here, the pacing of much of the picture is slow and the acting is occasionally melodramatic, but as was occurring with most movies in the latter days of the silents, the acting techniques were moving form the broad stage performances of early film to more controlled and realistic portrayals and most of the actors were of the latter group. In addition to the surprisingly realistic portrayal of many aspects of what would become space flight, it is interesting that the space (science fiction) aspect is not the focus of the movie. The movie deals primarily with six characters and the tensions caused by greed, love, scientific curiosity and boyish hero worship. The fact that they are making a trip to the moon to verify a theory that gold might be mined there is just the vehicle of the story. And the story itself is pretty decent, especially if you have the patience to let the movie tell it. And even though I am a fairly jaded film buff, I found myself genuinely startled and surprised at least twice by plot turns.

I love it when that happens.

Be patient. Its 169 minutes, but I think it is worth it.

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