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Frau im Mond
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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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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?

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 »
[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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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Very courageous production, 18 September 2005
Author: uykusuz ( from Fethiye, Turkey

Considering its time and conditions, it is very courageous and well designed and often considered to be one of the first "serious" science fiction films. Though some things are out of facts of today it is really an unforgettable sample and pioneer of space films in the history of cinema.

It had to be more excited than Star Wars in the beginning of '20s. The types chosen are quite interesting and though it's a silent movie, the explanations are quite satisfactory enabling the movie comprehensible. For the lovers of the art of cinema, it is a film absolutely to bee seen and to be added into their archive.

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