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Thea von Harbou (novel) and
Fritz Lang (screenplay)
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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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  (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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Additional Details

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 | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

This film shows the first countdown to launch of a rocket. Not just the first one in a movie, but the first ever: it was invented as a dramatic device for the movie. Also depicted for the first time are the use of liquid rocket fuel, a rocket with two stages, and zero gravity in space.See more »
Factual errors: Dr. Manfeldt's newspaper clipping contains the date "Donnerstag (Thursday) August 17, 1896". That day was actually a Monday.See more »
Wolf Helius:If you should fall down those stairs again, I will not be there to catch you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Heimlich singt für uns die LiebeSee more »


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31 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Excellent, despite some slow patches, 28 February 2005
Author: Rosabel from Ottawa, Canada

The new Kino DVD release of 'Woman In The Moon' is a great addition to anyone's Fritz Lang collection. Once again, the new music composed for the film adds tremendously to the experience. I was astounded by how ahead of its time this movie was in terms of its science, and it was no surprise to read that Ufa had a team of science consultants working with Lang to supply realistic details. The use of the rotation of the Earth to provide extra impetus to the rocket, the way the booster rockets were discarded as the spaceship moved further out of the Earth's atmosphere - having grown up watching real moon launches in the 60s, it was astonishing to see the actuality echoed by fiction decades earlier. There was clearly a lot of attention to detail; they even figured out ways of conveying weightlessness in space, which were pretty advanced for the time. The special effect of trying to pour a bottle of wine without gravity was both funny and impressive. The movie is not one of Lang's great masterpieces, and I agree with other comments that point out that it tends to slow down in places. Lang always did like making long, long movies, and when he settled down to tell a story, he could really take his time getting everything perfect. When this involves people just sitting or standing in a room talking, it can get a little tiresome - in one scene, Helius is trying to get through on the phone to his partner Windegger, and it takes so long he has time to snip to pieces a big bouquet of flowers on the table in front of him. I swear, it seems to be happening in real time; if there were something exciting happening in the meantime somewhere else it might have passed more quickly, but we just keep cutting between a scene of a man impatiently holding a phone to his ear and snipping at flowers, and a scene of people sitting at a dinner table listening to a speech. Not even Lang can make this gripping, though I think he was defiantly determined to try. On the other hand, there are places where it works well. The long buildup to the rocket launch is terrific - I would have enjoyed it if it were even longer. The hangar in the darkening scene, lit with jumpy spotlights as the moon begins to rise, the slow, smooth monumental sliding of that massive machinery as the rocket glides forward to its launch position, dwarfing the human beings walking alongside it, and all the beautiful changes of camera angle to draw in the viewer, are very moving. I can see why the Nazis liked Lang and wanted to get their claws into him; if they could have harnessed him to make THEIR kind of movies, he'd have been a real prize for them, another Riefenstahl. 'Woman In The Moon' wasn't a hit at the time, mainly because Lang (as usual) wouldn't listen to the studio heads who wanted some concessions to the coming of sound technology, so it was a dinosaur silent movie when the public was engrossed with something new. But it is definitely worth watching, and its strong points are worth sitting through some tedious slow patches to enjoy.

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