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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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Klaus Pohl ...
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Gustav von Wangenheim ...
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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A scientist discovers that there's gold on the moon, he builds a rocket to fly there, but there's too much rivalry among the crew to have a sucessful expedition. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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6 February 1931 (USA)  »

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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 »

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The inter-title dialog refers to rocket ship H23, yet the photo and subsequent references are to rocket ship H32 See more »

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Wolf Helius: If you should fall down those stairs again, I will not be there to catch you.
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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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Space flight to the moon; silent film
1 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first half of this film; the set-up of the flight, the introduction to the main characters, a love triangle, and an international conspiracy; is frankly boring. But once the flight begins, action tenses up and things get interesting.

For 1929, the science is sometimes prescient-- a three stage rocket, a vertical assembly building, and a monstrous rolling gantry crawler-- are suggestive of the Apollo program. Other times the science is more romantic, using dowsing rods and an egg-shaped moon. The eggy moon allows a far-side with a breathable atmosphere. But an eggy moon really isn't less scientific than faster than light travel, which is a staple of modern space flight science fiction. FTL travel is simply a mechanism whereby a cast of characters can visit multiple star systems; the eggy moon allows the visit to a breathable world in the context of a 1930s Europe.

This movie understandably has fairly primitive special effects. One major effect, a rotating barrel decorated as the moon, is charming.

The ending is definitely touching. In the sub-genre of science fiction/space flight, this is an important and interesting film and well worth suffering through the first half.


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