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Woman in the Moon (1929)

Frau im Mond (original title)
A tenacious scientist blasts off for the moon in hopes of riches that may be found there.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Thea von Harbou (novel), Fritz Lang (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Pohl Klaus Pohl ... Professor Georg Manfeldt
Willy Fritsch ... Wolf Helius
Gustav von Wangenheim ... Ingenieur Hans Windegger (as Gustav v. Wangenheim)
Gerda Maurus ... Stud. astr. Friede Velten
Gustl Gstettenbaur Gustl Gstettenbaur ... Gustav (as Gustl Stark-Gstettenbaur)
Fritz Rasp ... Der Mann
Tilla Durieux Tilla Durieux ... Fünf Gehirne und Scheckbücher
Hermann Vallentin Hermann Vallentin ... Fünf Gehirne und Scheckbücher
Max Zilzer Max Zilzer ... Fünf Gehirne und Scheckbücher
Mahmud Terja Bey Mahmud Terja Bey ... Fünf Gehirne und Scheckbücher
Borwin Walth Borwin Walth ... Fünf Gehirne und Scheckbücher
Karl Platen Karl Platen ... Der Mann am Mikrophon
Die Maus Josephine Die Maus Josephine ... Mouse
Margarete Kupfer ... Frau Hippolt, Haushälterin bei Helius
Alexa von Porembsky Alexa von Porembsky ... Eine Veilchenverkäuferin (as Alexa v. Porembska)
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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

German rocket scientist Hermann Oberth was hired by the studio to create a flying model of the Friede (the rocket in the movie) to launch from northern Germany on the day of the release as a publicity stunt. However, Oberth pulled out of the deal because the rocket was not working, and undue pressure from the director was causing too many frayed nerves. See more »

Goofs

When Helius listens for Friede's heartbeat, fearing that the launch may have killed her, we can see her breathing heavily. See more »

Quotes

Wolf Helius: If you should fall down those stairs again, I will not be there to catch you.
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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 »

Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Le contrôle de l'univers (1999) 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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Overstretched But Gorgeous
26 November 2007 | by shanejamesbordasSee all my reviews

Let's face it – 'Woman in the Moon' is hardly one of the great Fritz Lang's best efforts: far, far too long, badly paced, ludicrously over-melodramatic and just plain silly. Nevertheless, it contains prescient details in regards to space travel and (as should be expected) looks absolutely fabulous. Lang even made claims that this was the first film to feature a rocket launch countdown and who are we to question him? One thing you can be certain of is that going to the moon would never again look so stylish. Even though this is the tail end of Lang's classic silent period, those who love films like 'Dr. Mabuse' and 'Spies' will still find much to enjoy here.


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