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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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OUTER-SPACE FUN SPREE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi


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A rare instance of the boys not knowing each other at the outset. See more »


They actually go to Venus. 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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It's about time!
31 May 2004 | by lemon993See all my reviews

Along with the Bowery Boys, the Three Stooges and perhaps Elvis, no one was as good at churning out motion pictures quickly and on a tight budget than Abbot and Costello. Even present day comedians such as Carol Burnett and Jerry Seinfeld have heaped praise on the boys' slapstick brand of comedy. I've always felt they were greatly underappreciated in their day. And as the years pass by, their presence on the tube has, sadly, decreased. Most kids today probably have never been exposed to the thin straight man and his rotund buddy.

I own only one A&C comedy. And this is it. Why? Maybe its because of "Allura", the queen, played by the beautiful B-movie siren Mari Blanchard. Discarding the "spell" theory one must assume the special effects are superb. And the fantasy elements are enjoyable and surprisingly well thought out and executed. The rocket ship nearly decapitates the Statue of Liberty, fails to pay the toll at the Lincoln Tunnel and scoots underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. But the movie is simply a ride through a different era: a time of comedy, scientists and space babes. Well, everyone should be afforded one guilty pleasure.

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Release Date:

6 April 1953 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$754,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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