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20 November 1964 (USA) See more »
H.G. Wells' Astounding Adventure in Dynamation!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Painfully stupid first act, joyously fun action and adventure after. See more (62 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edward Judd ... Arnold Bedford

Martha Hyer ... Kate Callender

Lionel Jeffries ... Prof. Joseph Cavor
Miles Malleson ... Dymchurch Registrar

Norman Bird ... Stuart
Gladys Henson ... Nursing Home Matron

Hugh McDermott ... Richard Challis
Betty McDowall ... Margaret Hoy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Carpenter ... Reporter from the 'Express' (uncredited)
Erik Chitty ... Gibbs, Cavor's Hired Man (uncredited)

Peter Finch ... Bailiff's Man (uncredited)

John Forbes-Robertson ... First Reporter (uncredited)

Laurence Herder ... Glushkov, UN Space Agency (uncredited)
Douglas Ives ... Sparks (uncredited)
Sean Kelly ... Col. Rice, Moon Landing Crew (uncredited)

Marne Maitland ... Dr. Tok, UN Space Agency (uncredited)
Gordon Robinson ... Sgt. Andrew Martin, Moon Landing Crew (uncredited)
John Murray Scott ... Cosmonaut Nevsky, Moon Landing Crew (uncredited)
Huw Thomas ... Announcer (uncredited)

Tim Turner ... Voice (uncredited)
Kenneth Watson ... Second Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Nathan Juran 
Writing credits
Nigel Kneale (screenplay) &
Jan Read (screenplay)

H.G. Wells (from the original story by)

Produced by
Ray Harryhausen .... associate producer
Charles H. Schneer .... producer
Original Music by
Laurie Johnson 
Cinematography by
Wilkie Cooper (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Maurice Rootes 
Art Direction by
John Blezard 
Costume Design by
Olga Lehmann (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Hilda Fox .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Colin Garde .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Ted Wallis .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Pollard .... assistant director
John Danischewsky .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Michael Luckwell .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Tony Curtis .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Colin Grimes .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Bill Holmes .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Basil Mannin .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Buster Ambler .... sound recordist
Red Law .... sound recordist
Alfred Cox .... sound editor (uncredited)
Peter Dukelow .... boom operator (uncredited)
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound re-recording mixer: stereo version (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... technical staff
Kit West .... technical staff
Terry Schubert .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Ian Scoones .... special effects (uncredited)
Ernie Sullivan .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Ray Harryhausen .... creator of special visual effects
Bob Cuff .... matte painter (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Gillam .... camera operator
Ray Andrew .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Norman Hargood .... still photographer (uncredited)
Frankie McGovern .... grip (uncredited)
David Osborne .... focus puller (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roy Ponting .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Bridget Sellers .... wardrobe (uncredited)
May Walding .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mike Round .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Kerry O'Quinn .... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)
Other crew
Arthur Garrett .... technical advisor (as Arthur Garratt)
Eileen Head .... continuity
Sam Suliman .... title designer
Vivienne Eden .... production secretary (uncredited)
Pamela Gadd .... producer's secretary (uncredited)
Derrick Robbins .... publicist (uncredited)
Arthur Tarry .... production accountant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm prints)
Australia:G | Finland:K-12 | Norway:11 | Sweden:11 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #20631) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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It is unknown who did the voices for the moon alien leaders.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Bedford and Cavor first fall through the transparent covering into the deep cavern and Bedford swings himself towards safety, his legs can briefly be seen to pass behind the foreground matte painting (behind the shadow of the platform).See more »
Selenite:It's... absolutely... imperial.See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Painfully stupid first act, joyously fun action and adventure after., 31 January 2009
Author: happyreflex from United States

9 out of 10 times, when a movie fails, it fails because it does something stupid. Something gets placed into the movie that was never a good idea in the first place. Fortunately, this movie came back in the second act to redeem itself.

It's an idiotic first act that keeps this from being a better film. They never should have added a woman into the cast. She practically screams out, "I wasn't in the novel!" For the whole first act, she gets in the way, bothers people, meddles, does all the stupid and annoying things a stereotypical leading lady would do in a film like this that make us worry that we won't get to see what we want to see. And for what? To fill a role that never needed to be filled in the first place. We need jokes based on the differences between men and women to keep people interested in the movie. After all, we can't expect them to simply be interested in a voyage to the ****ing moon! To top things off, the first act (after the framing device, which I will come to later) thinks this movie is a comedy. The professor is introduced as a funny old eccentric, with tuba music underlining the supposedly funny aspects. For a time in the 50s and 60s, comedy stopped being funny. Tired stereotypes of women, the battle of the sexes, things like that took the place of clever writing. Thank god for French New Wave! Then there's the framing device. Our astronauts, who include representatives from the Soviet Union in a nice bit of forward-thinking, find the evidence of our heroes' adventures on the moon. Then U.N. representatives on Earth seek out our leading man, now many years older. People thought he was crazy, but no, his stories were true all along! Apparently what has endured in print was not good enough for these filmmakers. They couldn't just dive headlong into the story in the year 1899. No, they had to frame it. And then at the end, (skip if you want to find out for yourself,) they shamelessly steal the aliens-killed-by-earth-viruses twist from War of the Worlds.

Now, what the movie does do right is actually provide solidly fun action and adventure when it finally gets to it. Aliens, giant carnivorous caterpillars, fanciful sets in vivid color, men in alien suits, a gray and orange sphere hurtling through space, Ray Harryhausen creations. This is the stuff that dreams are made of! Plus the stupid comedy elements stop completely. This redeems the film after its fatally flawed first act.

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