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6 April 1953 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
THEY'RE OUT OF THIS WORLD ON A MISGUIDED MISSLE! See more »
Plot:
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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Slapstick sci-fi is vintage 50's fun. See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (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 (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)
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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
 
Stunts
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)
 
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Runtime:
77 min | Argentina:81 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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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:
Continuity: 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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Slapstick sci-fi is vintage 50's fun., 4 April 2004
Author: celluloidrabbit from honolulu, hawaii

Often cited as the team's worst film (which it's not!), this will likely fall in the `guilty pleasure' category for most fans. Vigorous juvenile slapstick merges with Freudian sci-fi in this late entry for the comedy duo (only a handful of movies remained on their Universal contract). Sci-fi elements are of the Saturday matinee variety, totally implausible and full of hokum (eg. CAT WOMEN OF THE MOON). Yet somehow, this provides the appropriate blend for A&C's `dumb and dumber' charades, in which camp elements become a part of the parody and the results are unbridled fantasy nonsense (populating the planet with Miss Universe contestants only adds to the fun). Universal would soon become a heavyweight contributer to the pulp sci-fi cycle of the 50's, yet surprisingly, this surreal spoof pre-dates them all! Thus far, this film has only been issued on VHS, the quality being overall quite good, in keeping with MCA's generally high standards for this format ... however a DVD would be most welcome.

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