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Boom in the Moon (1946)

El moderno Barba Azul (original title)
An American soldier marooned in Mexico is mistaken for a wife-butchering serial killer.


Jaime Salvador




Credited cast:
Buster Keaton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luis G. Barreiro Luis G. Barreiro
Guillermo Bravo Sosa Guillermo Bravo Sosa
Pedro Elviro Pedro Elviro
Ángel Garasa
Ramón G. Larrea Ramón G. Larrea
Jorge Mondragón Jorge Mondragón
José Elías Moreno
Ignacio Peón Ignacio Peón
Óscar Pulido Óscar Pulido
Enriqueta Reza Enriqueta Reza
Virginia Serret Virginia Serret
Fernando Soto
José Torvay


In the final days of WWII, an earnest but somewhat dense sailor (played by Buster Keaton) is lost at sea. Months later, he makes a landing, but, not realizing that the war is over and thinking that he is in Japan, he surrenders to Mexican police, who mistake him for a serial killer. Thrown in a jail cell with an American thug, he is to be hanged next morning, when suddenly a rocket scientist offers him and his cellmate a chance to avoid execution if they pilot an experimental atomic rocket to the Moon. The unlucky duo (plus the scientist's beautiful niece who ends up in the rocket by accident) go into space, but a mishap makes them land back in Mexico within miles of their point of departure. Thinking that they are on the Moon, the trio attempt to communicate with the natives who, of course, think them crazy, until the situation resolves itself. Written by Anonymous

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Typical 1940's Buster Keaton - for completists only
1 January 2000 | by alexm-2See all my reviews

Since the release of Buster Keaton's talkies on video, we have a more complete picture of his decline in the 1930's. And although you could argue the merits of his work during his first post-silent period (1930-1933), there is little disagreement regarding the virtues, or rather lack thereof, of his later entries. To make matters worse, many of the movies that Keaton starred in (or otherwise contributed to) in the late-30's/mid-40's were cheaply made nonsensical "lowest common denominator"-type C movies like this one.

And yet... and yet once in a painful while, something shines through the buffoonade and you get a glimpse of what might have been. Is it worth your time? Well, if you have seen - and enjoyed - Buster's brilliant silent movies and are looking for more of the same, then by all means stay away from this abomination. On the other hand, if you have also seen all of his 1930-1933 movies, including the stinkers, and are not afraid of the next step down the same downward spiral, then give it a shot. But don't say I didn't warn you!

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2 August 1946 (USA) See more »

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Alsa Film See more »
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1.37 : 1
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