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Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | 6 April 1953 (USA)
Two workmen accidentally launch a space rocket intended for Mars, and find mistakenly landing in New Orleans just the beginning of their misadventures.

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writers:

D.D. Beauchamp (screenplay), John Grant (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Abbott ... Lester
Lou Costello ... Orville
Mari Blanchard ... Queen Allura
Robert Paige ... Dr. Wilson
Horace McMahon ... Mugsy
Martha Hyer ... Janie Howe
Jack Kruschen ... Harry
Joe Kirk Joe Kirk ... Dr. Orvilla
Jean Willes ... Venusian Captain Olivia
Anita Ekberg ... Venusian Guard
James Flavin ... First Policeman in Bank
Jackie Loughery ... Venusian Guard (as Miss U.S.A.)
Ruth Hampton ... Handmaiden (as Ruth June Hampton) (as Miss New Jersey)
Valerie Jackson Valerie Jackson ... Handmaiden (as Miss Montana)
Renate Hoy ... Handmaiden (as Renate Huy) (as Miss Germany)
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Storyline

Lester and Orville accidentally launch a rocket which is supposed to fly to Mars. Instead it goes to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. They are then forced by bank robber Mugsy and his pal Harry to fly to Venus where they find a civilization made up entirely of women, men having been banished. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

OUTER-SPACE FUN SPREE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abbott and Costello Go to Mars See more »

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Budget:

$754,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Miss Sweden of 1950, Anita Ekberg, makes an early career appearance as one of the guards on the planet Venus. See more »

Goofs

When the rocket enters the Lincoln tunnel, it enters on the right side of the tunnel. It exits on the left side of the tunnel. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Miss Frances Planey: Orville, after you've finished flying the jet ships for the children, bring them back to the orphanage. Then cut the lawn and water the plants.
Orville: All right, Miss Planey.
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Better than its reputation suggests.
3 July 2010 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Abbott and Costello Go To Mars sees the popular duo tackle a sci-fi theme that was to be so prevalent in the 50s. It's directed by Charles Lamont and the co-star line up features Robert Paige, Horace McMahon, Mari Blanchard, Martha Hyer & Jack Kruschen. The plot sees Bud & Lou as Lester and Orville respectively, who accidentally find themselves on a rocket-ship bound for Mars. However, they actually land in New Orleans during the Mardi Gras and confusion reigns. Then an encounter with a couple of escaped convicts leads to another blast off, to Venus. A planet populated by a bevy of beauties.

They were three years away from making what would be their last film together, but history dictates that the best of the film outings for Bud & Lou were long since past. However, "Go To Mars" and "Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (also 1953) are worthy pieces showcasing the comic talent and irrepressible charm of two fine entertainers. Sure the plot is as thin as some of the sets are for "Go To Mars," but there's enough chaos and comedy schtick to keep the smile on ones face. We get Costello doing an Italian accent-badly, which in turn leads to a slapathon. Then there's stunts with magnetic moon-boots, a triple bed fall down, gravitational larks and Mardi Gras strangeness. There's even a cheeky aside in favour of the ladies (the Venusian female race being contestants of Miss Universe) as the new male arrivals on Venus are compared to beefcake Adonis types on Venusian TV.

Far from their best work but certainly enough good here to shoot down those "worst of the series" tags. 6/10


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