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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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H.G. Wells' Astounding Adventure in Dynamation!

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Last film of Paul Carpenter. See more »

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(at around 1 hour 27 minutes) Cavor is climbing the stairs to the Grand Lunar. We can see his left calf, while the right one is covered by the trousers (or socks). Next scene, when he arrives at the top of the stairs, we can see both of his calves. See more »

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Selenite: It's... absolutely... imperial.
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Popcorn out kids!- And forget the corn!!
17 July 2000 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

The effects may be dated, and the love interest a bit tedious at times, but Lionel(pre-Chitty Bang)Jeffries' whacky professor enthuses enough to keep the kids happy. Actually, the story-line isn't that bad at all (compared to more recent Sci-Fi offerings) and as an H.G. Wells rendering is actually quite good. I may have my rose-tinteds on though, I remember this with much affection as I saw it myself as a child of five or six in the early sixties. But, boys and girls, when they eventually get to the moon (or do they?) assure yourselves that as an exercise in escapism it's right up there with Jason and the Argonauts. And, after all, that's what movies are for - aren't they?


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