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Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)

Approved  |   |  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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Comedy | Sci-Fi | Fantasy

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6 April 1953 (USA)  »

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On to Mars  »

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$754,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Miss Sweden of 1950, Anita Ekberg, makes an early career appearance as one of the guards on the planet Venus. See more »

Goofs

When the rocket enters the Lincoln tunnel, it enters on the right side of the tunnel. It exits on the left side of the tunnel. 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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References Flash Gordon (1936) See more »

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It's about time!
31 May 2004 | by (Staten Island, New York) – See all my reviews

Along with the Bowery Boys, the Three Stooges and perhaps Elvis, no one was as good at churning out motion pictures quickly and on a tight budget than Abbot and Costello. Even present day comedians such as Carol Burnett and Jerry Seinfeld have heaped praise on the boys' slapstick brand of comedy. I've always felt they were greatly underappreciated in their day. And as the years pass by, their presence on the tube has, sadly, decreased. Most kids today probably have never been exposed to the thin straight man and his rotund buddy.

I own only one A&C comedy. And this is it. Why? Maybe its because of "Allura", the queen, played by the beautiful B-movie siren Mari Blanchard. Discarding the "spell" theory one must assume the special effects are superb. And the fantasy elements are enjoyable and surprisingly well thought out and executed. The rocket ship nearly decapitates the Statue of Liberty, fails to pay the toll at the Lincoln Tunnel and scoots underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. But the movie is simply a ride through a different era: a time of comedy, scientists and space babes. Well, everyone should be afforded one guilty pleasure.


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