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Genres: Adventure , Sci-Fi
Actors: Edward Judd , Martha Hyer , Lionel Jeffries , Miles Malleson , Norman Bird , Gladys Henson , Hugh McDermott , Betty McDowall
Director: Nathan Juran
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 1964
IMDB Rating: 6.6/10 (2334 votes)

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 a 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 accidently taking Katherine they fly to the moon where, to their total amazement, they discover a bee-like insect population who take a unhealthy interest in their Earthly visitors…

Film Review

This is great sci-fi/fantasy, with terrific stop-motion effects by Ray Harryhausen, & they kept the Victorian feel of the original book. The characters are perfectly cast. Lionel Jeffries steals every scene as the moon-eyed Cavor, & Edward Judd — who preferred playing the villain over leading man — nailed the charming but deceitful Bedford. Initially Bedford seems a voice of practicality and reason, opposed to Cavor's fanciful idealism. But he's cretinous, loathsome and selfish. Cavor might be eccentric (even bipolar), but he remains creative and always growing.Bedford: Sells a house that isn't his. Takes Cavor's own money to leverage himself as a partner in Cavor's endeavor. Drags his fiancé into this real estate swindle. Tries to unload those damn boots for the Boer War onto Cavor. And how's this for crassness: Cavor exclaims "Look at that Prism assembly!" when they discover a vast and advanced technology. But Bedford grumbles…

The 1964 film version of H.G. Wells' First Men In The Moon is a film I was never really fond of. Yes, it was directed by the estimable B film legend Nathan Juran, who brought the world such great B film classics as The Brain From Planet Arous, 20 Million Miles To Earth, and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad, but it lacked the great special effects, hamminess, and babeoliciousness of those three films. On top of all that, it lacked the really horrid technical schlockery to propel it to the 'so bad it's good' category either that films like Plan 9 From Outer Space and Robot Monster occupy.But, that was before I saw it in color, released on its Columbia Pictures DVD, part of the five film The Fantastic Films Of Ray Harryhausen, Legendary Science Fiction Series. Not that color suddenly made the tale, screenplay, nor acting any better, but, having only seen it in black and white, on a small TV screen and never in the theaters, I was taken aback by just how effective the camera-w…

This adaptation of H.G. Wells "First Men in The Moon" sets the hallmark for Creativity and Imagination in Sci-Fi !Directed by the underrated Nathan Juran, and Spectacular Special effects by the Grand Master of Dynamation Ray Harryhausen highlight this wonderful romp in outer space and into the Moon itself .Professor Joseph Cavor(Lionel Jeffries) invents a substance Cavorite , that when is painted onto the surface of an object and dries, deflects gravity itself, and allows the object to escape Earth's orbit .So he has a sphere to use to travel to the moon with Arnold Bedford(Edward Judd) and Katherine Callender(Martha Hyer). Successfully landing on the Moon, they soon discover a society under the Moon's surface, and the adventure ensues.The story is a little tedious in the beginning , but really takes off when on the Moon. Are the Moon creatures friendly, who are they, and why are they there ? Great questions, and Harryhausen's vision goes into GREAT detail to sho…

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