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The Mouse on the Moon (1963)

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 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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Territorial claims to the Moon by the Grand Duchy of Fenwick can be substantiated by viewing the hilarious motion picture MOUSE ON THE MOON 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

Although other characters from the earlier film appear (PM Rupert Mountjoy and his opposition leader Benter) David Kossoff, who played Kokintz, was the only principal cast member of The Mouse That Roared (1959) who returned to play the same role in this sequel. 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

Maurice Spender: I read your letter in the Times. Rushed over here post-haste.
Professor Kokintz: How nice.
Maurice Spender: I say. I'm extremely excited to see those Botherbinks.
Professor Kokintz: Botherbinks? Bobolinks.
Maurice Spender: No, that's what I said, didn't I? Bob... bob... bobolinks.
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Follows The Mouse That Roared (1959) See more »

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Ignore the box copy hype
12 April 2012 | by dave13-1See all my reviews

The DVD box claims that this mild comedy is 'hilarious' are somewhat inflated. Okay, the box copy on any comedy tends to exaggerate its hilarity, so we won't hold such hyperbole too strongly against it. That said, this modest sequel to The Mouse That Roared manages to entertain as what it is: a low key family comedy of moderate charms.

The idiot locals of the tiny and pastoral Grand Duchy of Fenwick return, this time with a scam to get Uncle Sugar to pay to restore the place's ancient plumbing by way of a 'technology loan'. Wink, wink. When U.S. inspectors arrive to view the results of Fenwick's space program, the locals scramble to keep them off-balance while enlisting the aid of an eccentric old professor to build them a REAL moon rocket. And it just so happens he has been working on that very thing.

There are the usual farcical runnings around and the presence of the quirky Terry-Thomas is always welcome in this sort of exercise, but the whole thing is less clever and less fun than the original or the many Ealing Studios caper movies from which it clearly draws inspiration. The look is good, the characters all have their modest individual charms and everything turns out nifty in the end, aww, but don't expect anything overly inspired. There isn't a lot of real cinematic cleverness here, just good, competent old-fashioned movie entertainment. As that it works just fine. Enjoy.


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