First Men In The Moon (1964)
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Going back in time to 1899, Arnold Bedford and his fiancee, Kate Callendar, learn that their neighbor, Joseph Cavor, has developed a substance he calls "cavorite," which counters gravity. They travel to the moon in a spherical vessel he has built, parts of which are coated with "cavorite."
H.G. Wells' Astounding Adventure in Dynamation!
Title: First Men In The Moon
Release Date: November 20, 1964
Runtime: 103 mins
All Genres: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Sound: 70 mm 6-Track, Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Buried.com Rating: 7.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With F
MPAA Rating: 12
Edward Judd ...Arnold Bedford
Martha Hyer ...Katherine 'Kate' Callender
Lionel Jeffries ...Joseph Cavor
Miles Malleson ...Dymchurch Registrar
Norman Bird ...Stuart, Moon Landing Crew
Gladys Henson ...Nursing Home Matron
Hugh McDermott ...Richard Challis, UN Space Agency
Betty McDowall ...Margaret Hoy, UN Space Agency
Paul Carpenter ...Reporter from the 'Express'
Erik Chitty ...Gibbs, Cavor's Hired Man
Peter Finch ...Bailiff's Man
Laurence Herder ...Glushkov, UN Space Agency
Sean Kelly ...Col. Rice, Moon Landing Crew
Marne Maitland ...Dr. Tok, UN Space Agency
Gordon Robinson ...Sgt. Andrew Martin, Moon Landing Crew
John Murray Scott ...Cosmonaut Nevsky, Moon Landing Crew
Huw Thomas ...Announcer
Charles H. Schneer
First Men In The Moon Horror Film Trailer 1
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- H.G. Wells' Astounding Adventure in Dynamation!
- [Kate thinks a gun is a good thing to have along] Joseph Cavor: Madam, the chances of bagging an elephant on the Moon are remote.
Arnold Bedford: Poor Cavor! He did have such a terrible cold.
Selenite: It's... absolutely... imperial.
The Grand Lunar: You say men cling to different tongues and beliefs. Is there no one ruler? Joseph Cavor: No. No, every century some despot tries, but up to now no one's succeeded. People like Hannibal, Julius Caesar, Napoleon... The Grand Lunar: Does this not lead to confusion? Joseph Cavor: Yes, it does. And worse. Starvation... hostility... even war. The Grand Lunar: Tell me of war. Joseph Cavor: Tell you of war? Oh my goodness... Well... it usually starts with a whacking great explosion.
Joseph Cavor: Yet to fight in a war is considered an honor. Well, it's difficult to explain, but men who are killed in battle are heroes. That's odd, isn't it? The Grand Lunar: Men enjoy to make war? Joseph Cavor: No. No, they detest it! The Grand Lunar: Then if they make war, they are defective. Joseph Cavor: Well... well, we're not perfect. Well, mankind is still developing. We're not, we're not perfect. There are men of peace. The Grand Lunar: My concern is with the men of violence, the men who kill. Soon others will be coming from Earth. Our galleries will be strewn with dead. Joseph Cavor: There needn't *be* any others! There needn't *be* any others! I'm the only one who holds the secret of Cavorite. The Grand Lunar: Then you and your secret will remain here on the Moon. Arnold Bedford: [shouts] Cavor! [leaps from hiding] Arnold Bedford: Cavor, this is not an audience! You're on trial!
- 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 an anamorphic lens, they would appear in their normal shape.
Last film of Paul Carpenter.
Peter Finch appears briefly as a messenger. He was reputedly only visiting the set when the original actor assigned to play the part failed to show up.
The original H.G. Wells book has an atmosphere on the moon, so the characters required no space suit of any type, making the diving suits worn by the characters an addition of the filmmakers.
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