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Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | 6 April 1953 (USA)
Two workmen accidentally launch a space rocket intended for Mars, and find mistakenly landing in New Orleans just the beginning of their misadventures.


Charles Lamont


D.D. Beauchamp (screenplay), John Grant (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Abbott ... Lester
Lou Costello ... Orville
Mari Blanchard ... Queen Allura
Robert Paige ... Dr. Wilson
Horace McMahon ... Mugsy
Martha Hyer ... Janie Howe
Jack Kruschen ... Harry
Joe Kirk ... Dr. Orvilla
Jean Willes ... Venusian Captain Olivia
Anita Ekberg ... Venusian Guard
James Flavin ... First Policeman in Bank
Jackie Loughery ... Venusian Guard (as Miss U.S.A.)
Ruth Hampton ... Handmaiden (as Ruth June Hampton) (as Miss New Jersey)
Valerie Jackson Valerie Jackson ... Handmaiden (as Miss Montana)
Renate Hoy ... Handmaiden (as Renate Huy) (as Miss Germany)


Lester and Orville accidentally launch a rocket which is supposed to fly to Mars. Instead it goes to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. They are then forced by bank robber Mugsy and his pal Harry to fly to Venus where they find a civilization made up entirely of women, men having been banished. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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They're too wild for one world! See more »


Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi


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[Bud Abbott and Lou Costello] launching into space is similar to Sid Krofft and Marty Krofft's Far Out Space Nuts (1975). See more »


When Orville and Dr. Orvilla are having a slapping fight Dr. Wilson walks in and stops them. Dr. Orvilla is holding a briefcase but in the next shot Orville is holding the briefcase. See more »


[first lines]
Miss Frances Planey: Orville, after you've finished flying the jet ships for the children, bring them back to the orphanage. Then cut the lawn and water the plants.
Orville: All right, Miss Planey.
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Middling A&C
10 July 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

One of the better later entries of the A&C series. The boys appear motivated which was not always the case as their careers wound down, (they separated in 1957). They've got two productive shticks here—the Mardi Gras and the planet Venus. Those costumed Mardi Gras characters are a real hoot and a good chance for Costello to react in his inimitable way. The clownish figures also show how close at times the comedic can be to the grotesque. And catch that parade of pulchritude inhabiting Venus. I'm getting my outer space reservations right away. Looks like Universal hired every tall, shapely starlet in Hollywood for this sequence, including notables Ekberg and Hyer. Then too, the special effects may be cheesy, as expected, but they are elaborate. But what's with the fat Jack Khruschen character, Harry. He comes across as a dopey counterpart to Costello, as though one dim-witted funnyman is not enough. I wonder what the story is there. As in most slapstick, plot doesn't mean much here, just a rack to hang the sketches on. All in all, it's an entertaining 80-minutes of A&C nonsense, with the boys in pretty good form.

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6 April 1953 (USA) See more »

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$754,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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