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Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon (1967)

In Victorian England, an American showman uses a wealthy Frenchman's finances to build a German explosives expert's giant cannon designed to fire a people-filled projectile to the Moon but spies and saboteurs endanger the project.

Director:

Don Sharp

Writers:

Harry Alan Towers (original story) (as Peter Welbeck), Jules Verne (inspired by the writings of) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burl Ives ... Phineas T. Barnum
Jimmy Clitheroe Jimmy Clitheroe ... General Tom Thumb
Terry-Thomas ... Captain Sir Harry Washington Smythe
Graham Stark ... Grundle
Gert Fröbe ... Professor von Bulow (as Gert Frobe)
Lionel Jeffries ... Sir Charles Dillworthy
Dennis Price ... The Duke of Barset
Troy Donahue ... Gaylord
Daliah Lavi ... Madelaine
Edward de Souza ... Henri (as Edward De Souza)
Hermione Gingold ... Angelica
Judy Cornwell ... Electra
Renate von Holt ... Anna (as Renata Holt)
Joachim Teege Joachim Teege ... Bulgeroff
Stratford Johns ... Warrant Officer
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Storyline

Phineas T Barnum and friends finance the first flight to the moon but find the task a little above them. They attempt to blast their rocket into orbit from a massive gun barrel built into the side of a Welsh mountain, but money troubles, spies and saboteurs ensure that the plan is doomed before it starts. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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The most fabulous entertainment event of the year!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Blast Off See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Jules Verne Films Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Joachim Teege replaced Klaus Kinski See more »

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The Duke of Barset: A common device for swindling! In my day you'd be led to a room with a gun on the table. The door would be closed. A shot would ring out. A woman would scream.
Captain Sir Harry Washington Smythe: I say, I did so like the part about the woman screaming!
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Closing credits: and Queen Victoria JOAN STERNDALE BENNETT God Bless her ! See more »

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We Must Always Trust the Stranger
Music and Lyrics by Ron Goodwin
Performed by Mike Clifford (uncredited)
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Waste of time
19 July 2014 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

JULES VERNE'S ROCKET TO THE MOON is a clear rip-off of the British ensemble comedy THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES, employing much of the same cast in a second attempted bite of the apple. Despite the best efforts of the actors involved, this is second rate stuff indeed, badly written and deeply disjointed throughout.

First off: the title is a misnomer as this isn't based on a Verne story, instead simply "inspired" by his work. Secondly, the narrative is just very poor. There are too many characters spoiling the broth and the story just kind of meanders all over the place. There's no real consistency in tone and the characters veer from good to bad to in-between. Thirdly, the laboured humour just feels forced and unfunny.

It's a shame, because there are some great stars here, including Burl Ives making a decent stab of the larger-than-life P. T. Barnum. Gert Frobe is an eccentric oddball as always, Terry-Thomas is reliably Terry-Thomas, and Jimmy Clitheroe is good value for money, although underused. Lionel Jeffries and Dennis Price bag the best roles as two driven Empirical men but too much screen time is given to the wooden Troy Donahue; Hammer star Edward De Souza (KISS OF THE VAMPIRE) is much better but barely seen.


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