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The Mouse on the Moon (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi | 17 June 1963 (USA)
A tiny country persuades the Americans and Soviets that they're starting a space program, when they really just want some money for new plumbing.

Director:

Richard Lester

Writers:

Leonard Wibberley (novel), Michael Pertwee (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Rutherford ... Grand Duchess Gloriana XIII
Ron Moody ... Prime Minister Rupert Mountjoy
Bernard Cribbins ... Vincent Mountjoy
David Kossoff ... Professor Kokintz
Terry-Thomas ... Maurice Spender (as Terry Thomas)
June Ritchie ... Cynthia
John Le Mesurier ... British Delegate
John Phillips ... Bracewell - U.S. Delegate
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... M.I.5. Man
Roddy McMillan Roddy McMillan ... Benter
Tom Aldredge ... Wendover
Michael Trubshawe ... British Aide
Peter Sallis ... Russian Delegate
Clive Dunn ... Bandleader
Hugh Lloyd ... Plumber
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Storyline

Sequel to The Mouse that Roared; The Tiny Country of Grand Fenwick has a hot water problem in the castle. To get the money necessary to put in a new set of plumbing, they request foreign aid from the U.S. for Space Research. The Russians then send aid as well to show that they too are for the internationalization of space. While the grand Duke is dreaming of hot baths, their one scientist is slapping together a rocket. The U.S. and Soviets get wind of the impending launch and try and beat them to the moon. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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You'll roar at the further adventures of "The Mouse That Roared" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

Russian | English

Release Date:

17 June 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Auch die Kleinen wollen nach oben See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walter Shenson Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First feature film of Tom Aldredge. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, as the guard falls, he is wearing a large fluffy black hat, commonly known as a busby, which then appears and disappears in each subsequent shot. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Grand Duchess Gloriana XIII: It's that nasty tin thing again!
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It's a bit of fun, innit?
13 June 2001 | by craigjclarkSee all my reviews

It's hard for it not to pale in comparison to its predecessor, "The Mouse That Roared," but "The Mouse on the Moon" is still an amiable enough comedy that it overcomes its own slightness and miniscule budget. The plot -- which concerns the Duchy of Grand Fenwick petitioning the United States for a loan so that it can develop a space program (which is really a cover for the prime minister's insatiable desire for indoor plumbing) -- is amusing and gives director Richard Lester and screenwriter Michael Pertwee plenty of opportunities to draw parallels between the Americans and the Russians as they scramble to beat the tiny country to the moon.

Instead of Peter Sellers in three roles, we have Margaret Rutherford taking over one (as the dotty grand duchess) and Ron Moody taking over another (as the ruthless prime minister). Both are funny enough, but they're no substitute for the real thing. Joining them are a young Bernard Cribbens as Moody's son Vincent, who wants nothing more than to be an astronaut, David Kossoff (one of four actors returning from "The Mouse That Roared") as the ever resourceful Professor Kokintz, and Terry-Thomas as a thoroughly inept British spy. Also watch for John Bluthal in his first of many films for Lester as Von Noldol, the enthusiastic German scientist working for the U.S.

For Richard Lester fans, this is a must-see. After all, this is the film that got him the job directing a certain film starring four lads from Liverpool...


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