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First Men in the Moon (1964)

Approved | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | 20 November 1964 (USA)
When a spaceship lands on the moon, it is hailed as a new accomplishment, before it becomes clear that a Victorian party completed the journey in 1899, leading investigators to that mission's last survivor.

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Based on the HG Wells story. The world is delighted when a space craft containing a crew made up of the world's astronauts lands on the moon, they think for the first time. But the delight turns to shock when the astronauts discover an old British flag and a document declaring that the moon is taken for Queen Victoria proving that the astronauts were not the first men on the moon. On Earth, an investigation team finds the last of the Victorian crew - a now aged Arnold Bedford and he tells them the story of how he and his girlfriend, Katherine Callender, meet up with an inventor, Joseph Cavor, in 1899. Cavor has invented Cavorite, a paste that will allow anything to deflect gravity and he created a sphere that will actually take them to the moon. Taking Arnold and accidentally taking Katherine they fly to the moon where, to their total amazement, they discover a bee-like insect population who take an unhealthy interest in their Earthly visitors... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Composer Bernard Herrmann, who created the music scores for Charles H. Schneer and Ray Harryhausen's previous four films, was originally considered to compose the music score for this film, but he asked for a bigger salary, and because Schneer and Harryhausen's films were low-budget, they, unfortunately, could not meet his price, therefore, Laurie Johnson was chosen instead. See more »

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When Bedford and Cavor follow the tracks of their missing sphere to the zigzag door where, after much difficulty, they enter. They see the tunnels and then we see them continuing on walking through another zigzag door that wasn't there just before. Many zigzag doors of the same design are used throughout the cavern. However, Bedford has no problem prying them apart as he had with the first door. See more »

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Joseph Cavor: Geese, I adore. Chickens, I detest! I've a good mind to make you fly home! All of you! AAHHH! I HATE CHICKENS!
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Another winner from the master animator!
9 February 2004 | by (Fayetteville, GA) – See all my reviews

This is movie number ten for the great Ray Harryhausen, who provides his usual stunning animation, although the plot is a bit cynical for some taste, lacking the cheerful charm of such movies as "Journey to the Center of the Earth". In this one we get animated Selenites, giant caterpillar-like "Moon Cows", and a big-brained Grand Lunar on his regal throne. The special effects in the scenes of Professor Cavor's spherical spaceship en route to the Moon are beautiful.

The opening scene is clever: the "first" astronauts to land on the moon (an international group) is stunned by the discovery of a tiny British flag on the lunar surface. A message attached to the flag identifies the real first Moon landers, and the authorities on Earth get in touch with one of them, an aging Edward Judd, who tells the strange tale of his turn-of-the century expedition with Professor Cavor (Jeffries) and Judd's fiance' (Hyer).


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