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First Men in the Moon (1964)

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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.

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Nathan Juran

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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H.G. Wells' Astounding Adventure in Dynamation!

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die erste Fahrt zum Mond See more »

Filming Locations:

Chertsey, Surrey, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ameran Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only one of Ray Harryhausen's films to be shot in anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) due to the difficulty of compositing images in his Dynamation Process. Many of the models had to be sculpted in the "squeezed" dimensions so that when they were photographed with a spherical lens, they would appear in their normal shape in projection. See more »

Goofs

When Bedford goes up to the ceiling in the chair painted with "Cavorite", it supposedly gets caught in a wire and pulley system holding up a rod, but a closeup view makes it obvious the wire and pulley system is actually there to hold up the chair, and the rod is just a way to cover for it. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Cavor: Gibbs! Gibbs!
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and in LunaColour See more »

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Featured in The Harryhausen Chronicles (1998) See more »

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Loved it as a kid, love it now
27 May 2006 | by horrorfilmxSee all my reviews

One of Ray Harryhausen's best movies. As big a fan as I am of the Master Animator, one of the things that makes this film great is that it's one of his few films that works just fine without his effects. George Pal could have produced this with the same cast and script but without Harryhausen's (admittedly wonderful) special effects and it would still have been a delight. The acting, humor, production design, and music are all first rate. I am well aware that audiences of a certain age will consider this "cheesy" because it doesn't have the latest in (cheesy) CGI effects, and consequently will miss out on some great entertainment. They have my deepest sympathy.


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