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First Men in the Moon (1964)

Approved | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | 20 November 1964 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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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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20 November 1964 (USA)  »

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Die erste Fahrt zum Mond  »

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Did You Know?


William Rushton was the actor who was supposed to play the bailiff's man in the film; he was taken ill on the morning he was due to do his one brief scene, and Peter Finch, who was working on an adjoining sound-stage on "The Pumpkin Eater", replaced him at a moment's notice. See more »


Throughout the movie Kate constantly pronounces Cavor as "Kay-ver". You'd think as manic as he was he would correct her at least once. See more »


Joseph Cavor: Yet to fight in a war is considered an honor. Well, it's difficult to explain, but men who are killed in battle are heroes. That's odd, isn't it?
The Grand Lunar: Men enjoy to make war?
Joseph Cavor: No. No, they detest it!
The Grand Lunar: Then if they make war, they are defective.
Joseph Cavor: Well... well, we're not perfect. Well, mankind is still developing. We're not, we're not perfect. There are men of peace.
The Grand Lunar: My concern is with the men of violence, the men who kill. Soon others will be coming from Earth. Our galleries will be strewn with dead.
Joseph Cavor: ...
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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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