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Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Fantasy | 6 April 1953 (USA)
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
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Allura
Robert Paige ...
Dr. Wilson
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Mugsy
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Janie Howe
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Harry
Joe Kirk ...
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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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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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bud & Lou launching into space is similar to "[Sid & Marty Kroftt's] Far Out Space Nuts" starring Bob Denver & Chuck McCann! 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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Not the worst A & C film
20 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

This film has been referred to numerous times as "the worst of Abbott and Costello". I haven't seen that many A & C pictures so far, but from those that I HAVE seen I'd say "Comin' Round the Mountain" and "Lost in Alaska" and maybe even "Meet the Keystone Kops" are worse than this one, therefore the above statement cannot be true. The best thing about "Go to Mars" are the special effects, which are creative and at times even ingenious; before you complain about them from a "modern" perspective, consider that they are about on the same level with those of, say, "Superman IV" - and that was made 34 years later! Unfortunately, much like "Meet the Keystone Kops", this film gives you the impression that more time was spent on the technical tricks and effects than on providing enough funny material and routines for Abbott and Costello. The funniest exchange in the movie comes early on: Dr. Orvilla: "Why did you tell them that you are Dr. Orvilla?" Lou: "I didn't tell them, THEY told ME!". And although the absence of songs is welcome, the two escaped convicts who eventually join A & C in their trip to Venus get too much screen time on their own. (**)


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