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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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Mary Webster ...
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Richard Harrison ...
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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Jules Verne's Master of the World  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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(StereoSonic Sound)

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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

While doing repairs after a bombing run and removing the damaged "lifting" blades, one of the crew members is being handed the removed blades. One blade clearly has no hole in it. Previous shots of the top of the Albatross show that the blades are mounted on top of shafts. How could the blade be attached without a hole? See more »

Quotes

Dorothy Prudent: [after Prudent has hit his already injured head on the top of his bunk] Did you hurt yourself?
Prudent: Of course I hurt myself!
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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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Referenced in Richard Matheson Storyteller: Comedy of Terrors (2003) 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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