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First Men in the Moon (20-Nov-1964)

Director: Nathan Juran

Writers: Nigel Kneale; Jan Read

From novel: The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells

Music by: Laurie Johnson

Producer: Charles H. Schneer

Keywords: Sci-Fi

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Martha Hyer
10-Aug-1924 31-May-2014 Some Came Running
Lionel Jeffries
10-Jun-1926 19-Feb-2010 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Edward Judd
4-Oct-1932 24-Feb-2009 First Men in the Moon
Hugh McDermott
20-Mar-1906 29-Jan-1972 The Seventh Veil


Edward Judd   ...   Bedford
Martha Hyer   ...   Kate
Lionel Jeffries   ...   Cavor
Miles Malleson   ...   Dymchurch Registrar
Norman Bird   ...   Stuart
Gladys Henson   ...   Matron in Nursing Home
Hugh McDermott   ...   Richard Challis
Betty McDowall   ...   Margaret Hoy


Review by anonymous (posted on 25-Sep-2006)

I saw this movie in the theatre in 1964 as a seven year old child and was captivated. The movie is dated but is still entertaining. The acting, especially Lionel Jeffries as Cavor, is excellent. The special effects, by Ray Harryhausen, are classic, but of course nothing like what we have now. Nevertheless, the story, by H.G. Wells, is wonderful, and prophetic. It was way ahead of its time. There is also a lesson. Imagine that. Relax, suspend your disbelief, get rid of your expectations, be a kid, turn out the lights, sit down with a bowl of popcorn, and enjoy this film for what it was. Let the magic of this film take you back to a time before computers, a time of innocence. When times were simpler and the moon was a mystery. A time of wonder.

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