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Woman in the Moon (1929)

Frau im Mond (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 6 February 1931 (USA)
A tenacious scientist blasts off for the moon in hopes of riches that may be found there.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Thea von Harbou (manuscript), Thea von Harbou (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willy Fritsch ... Wolf Helius
Gerda Maurus ... Stud. astr. Friede Velten
Klaus Pohl Klaus Pohl ... Professor Georg Manfeldt
Fritz Rasp ... Der Mann, der sich Walter Turner nennt
Gustl Gstettenbaur ... Gustav (as Gustl Stark-Gstettenbaur)
Gustav von Wangenheim ... Ingenieur Hans Windegger (as Gustav v. Wangenheim)
Tilla Durieux Tilla Durieux ... Fünf Gehirne und Scheckbücher
Margarete Kupfer ... Frau Hippolt, Haushälterin bei Helius
Alexa von Porembsky Alexa von Porembsky ... Eine Veilchenverkäuferin (as Alexa v. Porembska)
Heinrich Gotho Heinrich Gotho ... Der Mieter vom II. Stock (as Gotho)
Alfred Loretto Alfred Loretto ... Zwei eindeutige Existenzen (as Loretto)
Max Maximilian Max Maximilian ... Grotjan, Chauffeur bei Helius (as Maximilian)
Edgar Pauly Edgar Pauly ... Zwei eindeutige Existenzen (as Pauly)
Karl Platen Karl Platen ... Der Mann am Mikrophon
Gerhard Dammann Gerhard Dammann ... Der Werkmeister der Helius-Flugwerften (as Dammann)
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Storyline

Thirty years ago, at a scientific conference, Prof. Manfeldt presented his theory on the existence of gold on the Moon. It was greeted with laughter by the assembled academics. Today, Herr Helius has ambitious plans to build a spaceship... and take it to the Moon! Windegger, his chief engineer, will be going, and so will Prof. Manfeldt, now living in a cramped garret alone with his theory. But there are disagreements with the financiers who insist that their man Turner also accompany the flight... The unmanned Rocket H 32 brings back valuable information from the dark side of the Moon. Helius is upset by the news of Windegger's engagement to the pretty Friede. And the financiers have a secret agenda: to control the world's gold supply... Finally, the Spaceship "Friede" is ready as it rolls out on its gantry for takeoff. The staged rocket works as planned, but the acceleration is fierce. As they approach the Moon, they discover a stowaway on board, Gustav, a little boy... Written by David Carless

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

6 February 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

By Rocket to the Moon See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2000 restoration) | (DVD) | (1970) (edited) | (Cinemateca Portuguesa)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When the Nazis began working on war rockets, they decided the movie's rockets were too close to the truth. To preserve secrecy, they had the models destroyed and the film withdrawn from release. See more »

Goofs

The rocket launch is boldly set for 2130 (9:30 PM) as announced by the smoke-writing plane. But the launch also coincides with the rising of a full moon. The full moon would rise much earlier, approximately 1800 (6:00 PM) local time. See more »

Quotes

[Opening intertitle]
The Author: "Never" does not exist for the human mind... only "Not yet."
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Fritz Rasp is billed in the opening credits as "Der Mann, der sich Walter Turner nennt" or "The man who calls himself Walter Turner." See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was given a release from Kino Internation on DVD, running a length of 169 minutes. The 2000 restoration runs 200 minutes. The original showing in the United States ran 156 minutes and was later cut to 95 minutes. See more »


Soundtracks

Heimlich singt für uns die Liebe
Music by Willy Schmidt-Gentner
Lyrics by Fritz Rotter & Andre Mauprey
Sung by Gerda Maurus and Willy Fritsch
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Truly the first serious space movie
23 July 2001 | by pro_crustesSee all my reviews

As Martin Sheen said in the fine documentary "Space," this movie deals seriously with almost every aspect of a flight to the moon. It makes some dreadful errors that, even in 1929, could and should have been avoided (an atmosphere on the moon, for example). But, it nevertheless treats the subject and the viewer with respect. When I saw this movie at a New York revival house, a live pianist provided the silent film's accompaniment. I encourage you to see it this way, as that somehow made it even easier to put myself in the place of an early 20'th century filmgoer, and see this fine movie for what it was. The story is light, but the beckoning mystery of outer space is captured in a way that will make you feel you know something more than you used to about the people who made, and first saw, these images. And, when you do, remember that real space flight was 30 _years_ away. (Later, you might ponder that the first lunar landing is now _more_ than 30 years ago, but do that after you enjoy this sweet look at, as Fred Pohl put it in another, related, context, "the way the future was.")

One extra bit of advice: Keep your ears open at the moment of launch. All of the effects in this movie are, naturally, simple and gray-haired. Nevertheless, when the rocket actually took off, my audience gave an audible reaction because, I think, Lang decided to emphasize an aspect of what a rocket is, and what it can do, that virtually all later film-makers have decided to ignore. They should see this movie, and learn a little something.


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