The First Men in the Moon

The First Men in the Moon

Director: Nathan Juran Cast: Edward Judd, Lionel Jeffries, Martha Hyer


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First Men in the Moon is an H.G. Welles cinemadaptation from director Nathan Juran. When scientists in the year 1964 are confused by evidence of a long-ago space flight, nonagenarian Arnold Bedford (Edward Judd) explains all. Back in 1899, Bedford, eccentric scientist Joseph Cavor (Lionel Jeffries) and heroine Kate Callender (Martha Hyer) took a trip to the moon in a home-made space vehicle. Once on the lunar surface, they encountered an alien civilization resembling an ant colony, complete with "queen," soldiers and workers. How they returned, and the aftereffects of their journey, comprise the film's final third. Peter Finch appears briefly as a messenger; he happened to be visiting the set when the actor hired to play the bailiff's assistant failed to show up.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2016
UPC: 0043396478152
Original Release: 1964
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures Home
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Sales rank: 7,203

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward Judd Arnold Bedford
Lionel Jeffries Prof. Joseph Cavor
Martha Hyer Kate Callender
Erik Chitty Gibbs
Betty McDowall Maggie Hay
Hugh McDermott Richard Challis
Miles Malleson Registrar
Laurence Herder Glushkov
Gladys Henson Matron
Marne Maitland Dr. Tok
Sean Kelly Col. Rice
Norman Bird Workman
Valentine Dyall Commentator
Huw Thomas Announcer
Paul Carpenter Announcer

Technical Credits
Nathan Juran Director
Wilkie Cooper Cinematographer
Ray Harryhausen Associate Producer,Special Effects
Laurie Johnson Score Composer
Nigel Kneale Screenwriter
Jan Read Screenwriter
Maurice Rootes Editor
Charles H. Schneer Producer

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The First Men in the Moon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Larry D. Bohall, author of Martyr's Cry (ISBN 1591295327): I LOVED this movie as a kid, and still love to watch it now. The special effects are dated (but still worth seeing), but the film is a real delight.
JCarter More than 1 year ago
First Men In the Moon was made in the fun years of sci fi.This is another film I remember fondly from my childhood. It is the type of film that sets your mind to wondering what it would be like to do something everyone says is impossible. Plus being able to go into space from your home instead of involving the government and a space program. The visuals are more than adequate for their time and the story captures the imagination. Not to be taken seriously in any sense of the word First Men In the Moon is plain fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago