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Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)

 -  Comedy | Sci-Fi | Fantasy  -  6 April 1953 (USA)
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Lester and Orville accidentally launch a rocket which is supposed to fly to Mars. Instead it goes to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. They are then forced by bank robber Mugsy and his pal Harry ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lester
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Orville
Mari Blanchard ...
Allura
Robert Paige ...
Dr. Wilson
Horace McMahon ...
Mugsy
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Janie Howe
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Harry
Joe Kirk ...
Jean Willes ...
Capt. Olivia
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Venusian Guard
James Flavin ...
First Policeman in Bank
Jackie Loughery ...
Venusian Guard (Miss U.S.A.)
Ruth Hampton ...
Handmaiden (Miss New Jersey) (as Ruth June Hampton)
Valerie Jackson ...
Handmaiden (Miss Montana)
Renate Hoy ...
Handmaiden (Miss Germany) (as Renate Huy)
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Storyline

Lester and Orville accidentally launch a rocket which is supposed to fly to Mars. Instead it goes to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. They are then forced by bank robber Mugsy and his pal Harry to fly to Venus where they find a civilization made up entirely of women, men having been banished. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Plot Keywords:

venus | mars | mardi gras | gangster | space | See more »

Taglines:

OUTER-SPACE FUN SPREE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi | Fantasy

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6 April 1953 (USA)  »

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On to Mars  »

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Budget:

$754,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shortly after the film's release, Abbott and Costello appeared on The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950) and did a sketch in which they attended the film's premiere. See more »

Goofs

They actually go to Venus. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Miss Frances Planey: Orville, after you've finished flying the jet ships for the children, bring them back to the orphanage. Then cut the lawn and water the plants.
Orville: All right, Miss Planey.
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They never DID get to Mars!
6 November 2003 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Your appreciation or otherwise of this little flick might depend on your level of whimsy and whether or not you were actually AROUND in the 50's and can recall the fervor of anticipated space travel and the films of those days. DESTINATION MOON, THIS ISLAND EARTH, TOBOR THE GREAT, WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE - there were so many! To see it now and compare it ..probably unfairly, with A & C's work of the late 40's, it indeed falls short of the standards they set for themselves. However as many have correctly commented, the younger viewer still finds it funny and gets something out of it.

The film was NOT made on the cheap and indeed many of the sets hold up rather well today. The title remains a misnomer in that Bud and Lou only THINK their comandeered rocket has landed on Mars. As it turns out, it is in fact just a mardi gras in southern Louisiana. This sequence was the highlight of the movie. By the time they wing their bumbling way to Venus, there is only 27 minutes of the film left.

Probably fair to say that ABBOTT AND COSTELLO GO TO MARS was made during the downside of their career and the "Space setting" was intended to net them a new generation of fans. In that regard it probably was not the success they would have hoped for. Still....ANY opportunity to see Anita Ekberg, even for a glimpse, was always worth the price of admission.

Probably not held up as classic A & C but still it is part of their legacy and should be viewed with some affection.


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