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Richard Matheson (screenplay)
Jules Verne (based on two novels by: "Master of the World" and "Robur, the Conqueror")
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Release Date:
May 1961 (USA) See more »
The fabulous adventures of the man who conquered the earth to save it!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Vincent Price ... Robur

Charles Bronson ... Strock

Henry Hull ... Prudent

Mary Webster ... Dorothy
David Frankham ... Phillip

Richard Harrison ... Alistair

Vito Scotti ... Topage (as Vitto Scotti)
Wally Campo ... Turner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Besbas ... Wilson (uncredited)
Jimmie Booth ... Man at Balloon Society Meeting (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Man at Balloon Society Meeting (uncredited)

Gordon Jones ... Talkative Morgantown Townsman (uncredited)
Steve Masino ... Weaver (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Prudent's Butler (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Man at Balloon Society Meeting (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Shanks (uncredited)

Jack Tornek ... Man at Balloon Society Meeting (uncredited)
Howard Wright ... Morgantown Townsman (uncredited)

Directed by
William Witney 
Writing credits
Richard Matheson (screenplay)

Jules Verne (based on two novels by: "Master of the World" and "Robur, the Conqueror")

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Anthony Carras .... co-producer
Bartlett A. Carre .... associate producer
Daniel Haller .... associate producer
James H. Nicholson .... producer
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Warrenton (director of photography) (as Gil Warrenton)
Film Editing by
Anthony Carras 
Production Design by
Daniel Haller 
Art Direction by
Daniel Haller 
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
Makeup Department
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup artist (as Fred Phillips)
Production Management
Bartlett A. Carre .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Agnew .... assistant director
Art Department
Richard M. Rubin .... property master (as Dick Ruben)
Sound Department
Alfred R. Bird .... sound editor
Karl Zint .... sound
Jerry Alexander .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Vinnie Vernon .... sound engineer (uncredited)
William A. Wilmarth .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tim Baar .... special effects
Wah Chang .... special effects
Pat Dinga .... special props and effects
Gene Warren .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Ray Mercer .... photographic effects
Jim Danforth .... miniature maker (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kay Norton .... aerial photography
Bob Rose .... additional grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marjorie Corso .... wardrobe
Music Department
Les Baxter .... conductor
Albert Harris .... orchestration
Eve Newman .... music editor
Al Simms .... music coordinator
Richard Bowden .... musical cues (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Herman Clebanoff .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Jim Decker .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Fred Fox .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
James Getzoff .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Benny Gill .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Caesar Giovannini .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Alan Harshman .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Milt Holland .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Armand Kaproff .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Ray Linn .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Edgar Lustgarten .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Arthur Maebe .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
G.R. Menhennick .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Dorothy Remsen .... musician: harp (uncredited)
Sylvia Ruderman .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Ambrose Russo .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Thomas Z. Shepard .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Paul Shure .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Lloyd Ulyate .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Jack W. Cash .... production assistant (as Jack Cash)
James H. Nicholson .... presenter

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jules Verne's Master of the World" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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102 min | USA:99 min (including prologue)
Color (Magnacolor) (uncredited) | Black And White (archive material)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (StereoSonic Sound) (uncredited)
Finland:K-8 | Germany:6 (uncut) (2012) | Sweden:11 | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (2014) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #19748) | West Germany:6 (nf) (cut) (original rating)

Did You Know?

Curiously, this movie and Disney's 1954 version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea have more similarities than the two (technically three) Jules Verne's books that the movies are based on.See more »
Anachronisms: The film is set in the 1800s, though as the Albatross flies over London, Robur looks through the scope and sees Elizabethan London, including Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. The shot is stock footage from Henry V (1944). Soon after, more recent London footage appears, including the 19th century Tower Bridge. The aerial view of Paris is definitely 20th century.See more »
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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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Charming..and Fun., 2 January 2003
Author: Space_Mafune from Newfoundland, Canada

This is a fun movie to watch, full of charm and thinking characters in entertaining action, debate and introspection. With Vincent Price in the lead as Robur(who has declared war on warfare with his flying machine the Albatross) and Charles Bronson as his unlikely heroic nemesis Strock(almost an early era anti-hero), how can one not be intrigued? But also there's grand adventure, costumes and an 18th Century setting to boot. Also the main theme of the need to end warfare remains a very strong one and the film never loses sight of this. Just great stuff to watch.

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