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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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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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May 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jules Verne's Master of the World  »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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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

At a distance, the American sailing ship they attack clearly has no gun ports from which to fire cannons, nor is the sailing ship ever in a position to be able to fire at the airship. See more »

Quotes

John Strock: It was risk enough to refuse joining forces with him. I think that was a mistake. If I had joined forces with him, I could've found his weaknesses more easily. Now I'll have to work in the dark, Mr. Evans, but at least I'm alive to do so! Perhaps somewhat less than a perfect gentleman, but alive.
Phillip Evans: Without honor, sir!
John Strock: Oohh, honor be damned, Mr. Evans!
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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 »

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Referenced in Richard Matheson Storyteller: Comedy of Terrors (2003) 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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Citizens of the World!, this is Robur!...
23 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film is a mish-mash of two Jules Verne novels (none of which, I have read), and I think it is a fairly good adventure.

It's interesting to see Charles Bronson in an early role (before he hooked up with Mr. Winner and went-all bitter vigilante'), he turns in a good performance. And the late-great Vincent Price is just right as Robur, Captain of the flying ship "The Albatross", in one of his trademark not-strictly evil genius roles - more like, men who usually have good or honourable intentions, but are driven to madness and the use of terrible means to acheive them. The rest of the cast are all of a fairly good standard, except the character of Mr. Prudent, I find him extremely annoying and the acting is also quite poor.

The effects are alright (you have to take into account it's the early 60's) and the set of the ship itself looks good and is well crafted. But the parts where the ship is supposed to be over land (some country- or-other), are almost funny because you can clearly see that the ship is super-imposed on to a completely different piece of film.

Overall Good, with an important message (discussed and challenged in the movie), that is more relevant, today, than ever.


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