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Master of the World (1961)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi, Adventure | May 1961 (USA)
In 1868, an American scientist and his team become hostages of fanatical pacifist Robur who uses his airship Albatross to destroy military targets on Earth.

Director:

William Witney

Writers:

Richard Matheson (screenplay), Jules Verne (based on two novels by: "Master of the World" and "Robur, the Conqueror")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Robur
Charles Bronson ... John Strock
Henry Hull ... Prudent
Mary Webster ... Dorothy Prudent
David Frankham ... Phillip Evans
Richard Harrison ... Alistair
Vito Scotti ... Topage (as Vitto Scotti)
Wally Campo Wally Campo ... Turner
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Storyline

The world in the late 19th century: A scientist and his team are held as "guests" of Robur on his airship, that he want to use to ensure peace on earth. Peace with all, even if he has to bombard military targets all over the world. Can the scientist stop him ? Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

The fabulous adventures of the man who conquered the earth to save it!

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Adventure

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jules Verne's Master of the World See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (including prologue)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (StereoSonic Sound) (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Magnacolor) (uncredited)| Black and White (archive material)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

American International had planned on doing a sequel to this film. Concept drawings and even concept models were reportedly made. The sequel was not produced. See more »

Goofs

When the sailor accosts Charles Bronson and his party in their stateroom, his pistol switches positions between shots. In the first shot he is holding the pistol in his right hand and resting it on his left hand, leveled at his waist and in the next shot he is holding the pistol only with the right hand in a raised position, at about chest height. It switches back and forth twice. His position in the doorway also changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Dorothy Prudent: [after Prudent has hit his already injured head on the top of his bunk] Did you hurt yourself?
Prudent: Of course I hurt myself!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: THE GREAT EYRIE MORGANTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA 1868 See more »

Alternate Versions

The Warner Home Video version runs 95 minutes and has no prologue sequence. The Orion Home Video version runs 99 minutes with the sequence. The laser disc version also includes the original exit music which brings the running time to 104 minutes. See more »

Connections

Edited from That Hamilton Woman (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Master of the World
Music by Les Baxter
Lyrics by Lenny Adelson (as Lenny Addelson)
Sung by Darryl Stevens
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A landmark effects film.
11 November 2000 | by andrew_edmondsSee all my reviews

Based on two Jules Verne novels. This is an exciting action adventure with an emphasis on world domination and flying machines. The evil Robur (Vincent Price) is the navigator of an airplane ship hell-bent on destructing all of the worlds war machines and armies for the purpose of peace on earth (what a mad case). He must be stopped by Strock (Charles Bronson) a government man whose tough but level headed.

The effects are brilliant for an early 60's film and the screenplay and music is spot on. This is a lot of fun.


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