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Master of the World (1961)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi, Adventure | May 1961 (USA)
In 1868, an American scientist and his team become hostages of fanatical pacifist Robur who uses his airship Albatross to destroy military targets on Earth.

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(screenplay), (based on two novels by: "Master of the World" and "Robur, the Conqueror")
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Robur
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Strock
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Prudent
Mary Webster ...
Dorothy
David Frankham ...
Phillip
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Alistair
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Topage (as Vitto Scotti)
Wally Campo ...
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Storyline

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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Sci-Fi | Adventure

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Also Known As:

Jules Verne's Master of the World  »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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| (including prologue)

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(StereoSonic Sound) (uncredited)

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(Magnacolor) (uncredited)| (archive material)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the original story the craft could fly, travel on land like an automobile, float like a ship, and go under the water like a submarine. See more »

Goofs

Robur dangles Strock and Evans from the Albatross dirigible on ropes as a punishment. A storm comes, he clearly sees that, but insists to crew-members that the punishment still continue as he leaves for the bridge to tackle the storm. The storm duly tackled, he then "suddenly" remembers that he has left the two men dangling throughout the storm - but logically he knew that all along by ensuring that the punishment still continue on seeing the storm begin. See more »

Quotes

Phillip Evans: So, you survived to once more knuckle down to him. No good to smile at me, Mr. Strock, I heard you promise not to interfere with him.
John Strock: Did you? What would you say, Mr. Evans, if I told you that I will not only interfere with him, but I will stop him?
Phillip Evans: [aghast] I heard you give your word of honor to him!
John Strock: This is the world we're living in! Not a drawing room! So don't speak to me about words of honor. We happen to be prisoners on the ship of a man who would willingly destroy the world in order to ...
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits: "I take my dream with me. But it will not be lost to humanity. It will belong to you the day the world is educated enough to profit by it and wise enough not to abuse it" From Jules Verne's MASTER OF THE WORLD See more »

Connections

Edited from The Four Feathers (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Master of the World
Music by Les Baxter
Lyrics by Lenny Adelson (as Lenny Addelson)
Sung by Darryl Stevens
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Not the best of Vincent Price on American International

Being a huge Vincent Price fan, I must said that "Master of the World" is not on my top 5 movies of his American International period. The film lacks real excitement, the low budget is clear, and the combination of two different stories by Jules Verne didn't work properly (the comedy touches are completely out of place, and are NOT part of the original novels) But once again, the man is in complete control of his character and delivers a solid performance. Is also good to see Henry Hull (the first werewolf of Hollywood) and a young but convincing Charles Bronson. No matter what, the film deserves a DVD rendition, as many other Vincent Price films like "Shock", "Diary of a Madman" and "The Mad Magician", to name a few.


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