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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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One of the most important films to the history of the Space Age
9 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

Frau im Mond may appear scientifically outlandish to the modern viewer, and the high-style expressionistic acting of its actors overdone, but nevertheless the film should be recognized as a landmark which impacted world history. The UFA studio commissioned a then small and marginal band of German amateur rocket aficionados centered around Hermann Oberth to work as technical consultants to the film's designers, and UFA even commissioned them to build a rocket to be fired at the film's premier in Berlin. The rocket wasn't completed in time, but the laboratory furnished by UFA, not to mention the heady excitement of a brush with the highest level of cinema, and the salutory infusion of unexpected cash, together set some of these young rocketeers on their life paths. These included Willy Ley, and a young Prussian aristocrat engineer named Wehrner von Braun.

When the Nazis came to power, Fritz Lang parted with his wife and partner Thea von Harbou and came to Hollywood. The production models of the liquid-fired rockets from Frau im Mond were so advanced that in 1936 the Gestapo seized them as state secrets. Werhner von Braun went on to develop the brilliant Nazi terror weapon known as the V-2. Post-war, the V-2 and its German designers begat both the American and Soviet space programs. All subsequent space history was profoundly influenced by these developments. Frau im Mond maintains its impact to the present day. For just one example-- purely as a dramatic device to build tension before the rocket's lift-off to the Moon, Fritz Lang introduced title cards counting down from ten to one. The "countdown",as it became known, was so successful that NASA and everybody else has been doing it ever since.


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