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First Men in the Moon (1964)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | 20 November 1964 (USA)
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When a spaceship lands on the moon, it is hailed as a new accomplishment, before it becomes clear that a Victorian party completed the journey in 1899, leading investigators to that mission's last survivor.


Nathan Juran


Nigel Kneale (screenplay), Jan Read (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Complete credited cast:
Edward Judd ... Arnold Bedford
Martha Hyer ... Kate Callender
Lionel Jeffries ... Prof. Joseph Cavor
Miles Malleson ... Dymchurch Registrar
Norman Bird ... Stuart
Gladys Henson Gladys Henson ... Nursing Home Matron
Hugh McDermott ... Richard Challis
Betty McDowall ... Margaret Hoy


Based on the HG Wells story. The world is delighted when a space craft containing a crew made up of the world's astronauts lands on the moon, they think for the first time. But the delight turns to shock when the astronauts discover an old British flag and a document declaring that the moon is taken for Queen Victoria proving that the astronauts were not the first men on the moon. On Earth, an investigation team finds the last of the Victorian crew - a now aged Arnold Bedford and he tells them the story of how he and his girlfriend, Katherine Callender, meet up with an inventor, Joseph Cavor, in 1899. Cavor has invented Cavorite, a paste that will allow anything to deflect gravity and he created a sphere that will actually take them to the moon. Taking Arnold and accidentally taking Katherine they fly to the moon where, to their total amazement, they discover a bee-like insect population who take an unhealthy interest in their Earthly visitors... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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The Russian spoken by the astronauts at the film's beginning is in fact Czech. See more »


When Cavor and Bedford are to leave the Sphere to go out onto the surface of the Moon, Kate has to wait in an air-tight compartment as she does not have a protective suit to provide air. It is explained that an oxygen cylinder will be left on, and Bedford will tap the hull once they have closed the hatch. However, Kate opens the inner door as soon as he gives the signal - without waiting for the cabin to re-fill with oxygen first. See more »


Joseph Cavor: Gibbs! Gibbs!
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Popcorn out kids!- And forget the corn!!
17 July 2000 | by Europa66See all my reviews

The effects may be dated, and the love interest a bit tedious at times, but Lionel(pre-Chitty Bang)Jeffries' whacky professor enthuses enough to keep the kids happy. Actually, the story-line isn't that bad at all (compared to more recent Sci-Fi offerings) and as an H.G. Wells rendering is actually quite good. I may have my rose-tinteds on though, I remember this with much affection as I saw it myself as a child of five or six in the early sixties. But, boys and girls, when they eventually get to the moon (or do they?) assure yourselves that as an exercise in escapism it's right up there with Jason and the Argonauts. And, after all, that's what movies are for - aren't they?

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Release Date:

20 November 1964 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Chertsey, Surrey, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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