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Frau im Mond
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Thea von Harbou (novel) and
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Release Date:
6 February 1931 (USA) See more »
A tenacious scientist blasts off for the moon in hopes of riches that may be found there. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Space flight to the moon; silent film See more (28 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Klaus Pohl ... Professor Georg Manfeldt

Willy Fritsch ... Wolf Helius

Gustav von Wangenheim ... Ingenieur Hans Windegger (as Gustav v. Wangenheim)

Gerda Maurus ... Stud. astr. Friede Velten
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)
Gerhard Dammann ... Der Werkmeister der Helius-Flugwerften (as Dammann)
Heinrich Gotho ... Der Mieter vom II. Stock (as Gotho)
Alfred Loretto ... Zwei eindeutige Existenzen (as Loretto)
Max Maximilian ... Grotjan, Chauffeur bei Helius (as Maximilian)
Edgar Pauly ... Zwei eindeutige Existenzen (as Pauly)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julius E. Herrmann ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Fritz Lang 
Writing credits
Thea von Harbou (novel "Frau im Mond")

Fritz Lang  screenplay
Hermann Oberth  scientific material (as Prof. Hermann Obert)
Thea von Harbou  manuscript (as Thea v. Harbou)

Produced by
Fritz Lang .... producer
Original Music by
Jon Mirsalis (2003)
Stuart Oderman (1991)
Willy Schmidt-Gentner 
Cinematography by
Curt Courant 
Oskar Fischinger 
Konstantin Irmen-Tschet  (as Konstantin Tschetwerikoff)
Otto Kanturek 
Art Direction by
Emil Hasler 
Otto Hunte 
Karl Vollbrecht 
Production Management
Eduard Kubat .... unit manager
Special Effects by
Oskar Fischinger .... special effects
Konstantin Irmen-Tschet .... special effects (as Konstantin Tschetwerikoff)
Camera and Electrical Department
Horst von Harbou .... still photographer
Music Department
André Mauprey .... lyrics
Jon Mirsalis .... musician: score (2003 re-release)
Fritz Rotter .... lyrics
Other crew
Joseph Danilowatz .... artistical collaborator
Robert E. Lee .... intertitler: English (1977 version)
Willy Ley .... technical advisor
Gustav Wolff .... artistical collaborator (as Prof. Dr. Gustav Wolff)

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Also Known As:
"Frau im Mond" - Germany (original title)
"By Rocket to the Moon" - USA
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156 min | 200 min (2000 restoration) | Spain:104 min | Spain:162 min (DVD edition) | USA:95 min | West Germany:91 min (edited version) (1970) | Portugal:190 min (Cinemateca Portuguesa) | 170 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Germany:(Banned) (1933-1945) | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1929) | Spain:T | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

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 »
Factual errors: The rocket launch is boldly set for 2130 (9:30 PM) as announced by the smoke-writing plane. But the launch also coincides with the rising of a full moon. The full moon would rise much earlier, approximately 1800 (6:00 PM) local time.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 LiebeSee more »


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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Space flight to the moon; silent film, 1 January 2006
Author: Vortrek from United States

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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