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6 April 1953 (USA) See more »
Lester and Orville accidentally launch a rocket which is supposed to fly to Mars. Instead it goes to New Orleans for Mardi Gras... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Bud, Lou, rockets, and girls!!! See more (35 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bud Abbott ... Lester

Lou Costello ... Orville
Mari Blanchard ... Allura
Robert Paige ... Dr. Wilson

Horace McMahon ... Mugsy

Martha Hyer ... Janie Howe

Jack Kruschen ... Harry
Joe Kirk ... Dr. Orvilla
Jean Willes ... Capt. Olivia

Anita Ekberg ... 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)
Jeanne Thompson ... Handmaiden (Miss Louisiana)
Jeri Miller ... Venusian Guard (Miss Welcome to Long Beach)
Judy Hatula ... Guard (Miss Michigan)
Elsa Edsman ... Handmaiden (Miss Hawaii) (as Elza Edsman)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bobby Barber ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Milt Bronson ... Announcer (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Bank Employee (uncredited)
Ken Christy ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Juanita Close ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Russ Conway ... Second Policeman at Bank (uncredited)

Barry Curtis ... Boy (uncredited)
Harold DeGarro ... Tall Cop (uncredited)
Dudley Dickerson ... Bank Janitor (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Customer (uncredited)
Jane Easton ... Javelin Thrower (uncredited)
Hal Forrest ... Dr. Nedring (uncredited)
Ed Fury ... Perfect Man / King of Venus (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin ... Dr. Coleman (uncredited)
Tim Graham ... Mr. Lucas, Bank Cashier (uncredited)
Douglas Henderson ... Announcer (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Bank Employee (uncredited)
Harry Lang ... French Waiter (uncredited)
Rex Lease ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Scott Lee ... Policeman #1 (uncredited)
Grace Lenard ... French Girl in Restaurant (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Clothing Store Clerk (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Bartender (uncredited)
Saul Martell ... Jules (uncredited)
Patti McKay ... Venusian Guard (uncredited)
William Newell ... Drunk (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Traffic Cop (uncredited)
Helen Noyes ... Miss Frances Planey (uncredited)

Gloria Pall ... Tall Girl in New York (uncredited)
Gregg Palmer ... Radio Announcer (uncredited) (voice)
Syd Saylor ... Man at Fountain (uncredited)
Cora Shannon ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Harry Shearer ... Boy (uncredited)
Jack Shutta ... Grogan, Bank Guard (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Robert Stevenson ... Observer (uncredited)
Helen Strohm ... Girl (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jack Tesler ... Dr. Holtz (uncredited)
Ricki Van Dusen ... Girl (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Policeman #2 (uncredited)
Stanley Waxman ... Second Announcer (uncredited)
Sally Yarnell ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Betty Yeaton ... Contortionist (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Lamont 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
D.D. Beauchamp  story and screenplay
Howard Christie  story
John Grant  screenplay

Produced by
Howard Christie .... producer
Original Music by
Henry Mancini (uncredited)
Milton Rosen (uncredited)
Herman Stein (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Clifford Stine (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Russell F. Schoengarth  (as Russell Schoengarth)
Art Direction by
Robert F. Boyle  (as Robert Boyle)
Alexander Golitzen 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Julia Heron 
Costume Design by
Leah Rhodes 
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup department head
Production Management
Jack Gertsman .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Holland .... assistant director
Gordon McLean .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Robert Pritchard .... sound
Visual Effects by
David S. Horsley .... special photography
Vic Parks .... stunt double (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... musical director
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Alexander Tansman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Milt Bronson .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Lee Frederic .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
77 min | Argentina:81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
[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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Bud, Lou, rockets, and girls!!!, 2 March 2002
Author: Bruce Cook ( from Fayetteville, GA

Bud and Lou play maintenance men who accidentally blast off in an experimental rocket. Despite the movie's title, they don't actually go to Mars, they go to Venus -- and only during the last twenty-five minutes of the film. Before they get there they waste thirty minutes of the story by landing in New Orleans -- which they think is Mars because of all the weird Mardi Gras costumes (a painfully unfunny gag).

Two escaped criminals stowaway aboard the ship and try to hi-jack the rocket after a second accidental lift-off, but the boys outwit them and the finally lands on Venus.

Admittedly Venus is worth the wait; all the Venusians are gorgeous contestants from the Miss Universe Pageant, and their queen is Maria Blanchard (`She Devil'). The men were defeated long ago in a war with the females, but some of the girls miss them so badly that even Bud and Lou look go to them. Queen Maria wants Bud to be her king!

Anita Ekberg (Miss Sweden) is one of the gals, but you'll have to look quick to spot her. Sets, props, and special effects are excellent. Watch for several props which were also used in other Universal sci-fi films (the death ray device in `It Came from Outer Space' and the bullet car from `This Island Earth'). Not the funniest A & C comedy, but decidedly enjoyable for 1950s sci-fi fans. The prerecorded tape looks good.

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