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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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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

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

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Joseph Cavor: Gibbs! Gibbs!
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Great color restoration, good sound quality
11 June 2003 | by TBRaySee all my reviews

This recent DVD re-release (May, 2003) now has Dolby 4.0 stereo along with a remarkable color restoration. While not up to today's Dolby (THX) standards the soundtrack and musical score are quite good for a vintage 1964 classic. The color of this version is actually better than what I remember in the theater and much better than any TV replays (which are quite rare for this film).

This was one of my all time favorite Harryhausen films as a kid and I'm glad to see it given a decent treatment to DVD. No spoilers here other than to say I still find this film as intriguing and interesting now as I did almost 40 years ago.

For pure fantasy buffs and sci-fi fans "First Men in the Moon" is a fun flick to enjoy.

Grab the popcorn, take the phone off the hook, and enjoy this DVD.


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