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Master of the World (1961)

 -  Sci-Fi | Adventure  -  May 1961 (USA)
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The world in the late 19th century: A scientist and his team are held as "guests" of Robur on his airship, that he want to use to ensure peace on earth. Peace with all, even if he has to ... See full summary »

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Alistair
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Topage (as Vitto Scotti)
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The world in the late 19th century: A scientist and his team are held as "guests" of Robur on his airship, that he want to use to ensure peace on earth. Peace with all, even if he has to bombard military targets all over the world. Can the scientist stop him ? Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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The fabulous adventures of the man who conquered the earth to save it!

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Robur - Der Herr der sieben Kontinente  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Richard Matheson combined two stories by Jules Verne for this screenplay: "Clipper of the Clouds" (1886) and its sequel "Master of the World" (1904). See more »

Goofs

When the sailor accosts Charles Bronson and his party in their stateroom, his pistol switches positions between shots. In the first shot he is holding the pistol in his right hand and resting it on his left hand, leveled at his waist and in the next shot he is holding the pistol only with the right hand in a raised position, at about chest height. It switches back and forth twice. His position in the doorway also changes between shots. See more »

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Prudent: [debating with Robur over dinner] And you expect us to believe, sir, that because you gave that ship warning, that your actions of this afternoon were justifiable?
Robur: I expect nothing, sir.
Prudent: What you did was an act of pure barbarism, and were it not for the love I bear my daughter, and for the respect and esteem in which I hold Mr. Evans and Mr. Strock, I would rather the four of us perish in the sea than that this hell ship be preserved for the commission of further atrocities.
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Crazy Credits

Unusually for an early 1960s American film, the opening credits do not list the director, writers, or major technical staff; only the top-billed actors are credited, followed by the title, after which the film begins. See more »

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Master of the World
Music by Les Baxter
Lyrics by Lenny Adelson (as Lenny Addelson)
Sung by Darryl Stevens
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A fun adventure film...with a touch of Vincent Price darkness.
29 August 1999 | by (Orlando, FL) – See all my reviews

Matheson's script took two Verne novels ("Robur the Conqueror" and "Master of the World"), and added touches of irony in the characters. (The "gentleman" Mr. Evans, when he sees his girl turning towards government agent Strock, tries to kill Strock at every chance.) William Witney, a famed second unit director, used every trick he ever learned in Republic serials to make the movie look slick on a low budget. (I've never seen such continuous use of a rear projection screen in any other movie.) But the real delight is Vincent Price's Robur, a man of good will but with some severe personality problems. I think he'd be a suitable children's introduction to the antihero and the character with a tragic flaw. For me, the romantic theme music by Les Baxter, especially over the end credits, makes the movie. (Fortunately, they didn't use the maudlin lyrics version in the film!) The recent video release of the film restores the theatrical prologue of "wacky" flying machines from silent movies.


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