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Man in the Moon (1960)

Scientists are looking for a man to send up to be the first man on the moon. A man immune to worry, disease and even the common cold. They think they have found him until the impossible happens at Woomera...

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

Michael Relph (original screenplay), Bryan Forbes (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth More ... William Blood
Shirley Anne Field ... Polly
Norman Bird ... Herbert
Michael Hordern ... Dr. Davidson
John Glyn-Jones John Glyn-Jones ... Dr. Wilmot
John Phillips ... Professor Stephens
Charles Gray ... Leo
Bernard Horsfall ... Rex
Bruce Boa ... Roy
Noel Purcell ... Prospector
Ed Devereaux ... Storekeeper
Newton Blick Newton Blick ... Dr. Hollis
Richard Pearson ... 1st Doctor
Lionel Gamlin Lionel Gamlin ... 2nd Doctor
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Woomera Director
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Scientists are looking for a man to send up to be the first man on the moon. A man immune to worry, disease and even the common cold. They think they have found him until the impossible happens at Woomera...

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A riotous comedy of space travel! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1961 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Homem na Lua See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Shirley Anne Field was dubbed by Nikki Van der Zyl. See more »

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Blood: Married? Are you kidding? I wouldn't touch it. I've got my career to think about. The only reason I'm at the top of my profession is that I have absolute peace of mind. You're married though, aren't you?
J.B. Davidson: Well, yes, as a matter of fact.
Blood: I can always tell.
J.B. Davidson: How?
Blood: Well look at you. Toxic as a crow, sneezing like a maniac, cigarette ash all down your front, nervous, out of breath, you've got married man written across your forehead in big neon letters!
J.B. Davidson: But I'm happily married.
Blood: Ah, she's got you well ...
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Not The Best English Comedy - But Has Lots Of Good Scenes.
11 January 2018 | by stephenabellSee all my reviews

This is a classic English comedy as the surreal opening sequence will show. We start with a lovely pan through the English countryside and end up a four poster iron bed, which is fully made in the middle of a field. When you're wondering what the hell is happening, out pops William (brilliantly portrayed by Kenneth More), who then has a nut dropped on him from a passing squirrel... But it only gets stranger when a beautiful and glamorous woman comes across the stream on stepping stones. She ignores William when he speaks to her and as she clambers over the style we see an approaching vehicle. When the land rover pulls up we realise that William is out on the field trying to catch a common cold. It's William's great good health that sets him on the route to being the first man on the moon.

You have to remember that this movie was made in the '60's so most of the technology within the story is now incorrect and, at times, laughable. What made this such a good film for me was the acting. As not only do we have the great Kenneth More, who I can listen to and watch all day, but Shirley Anne Field is so beautiful and plays Polly brilliantly, then there's Norman Bird and Michael Hordern who add gravitas to the film.

Secondly, there's the story which is well written with lots of believable and funny narrative along with realistic characterisations. For me, this is the way that comedy works best. Keep the characters solid and make the lines and situations comedic. Today, too many writers and directors like to have wacky characters - though, on the whole, they appear juvenile and pretty stupid.

This isn't the best comedy, though it did raise a few smiles and laughs. I would gladly recommend this for an afternoons or evenings entertainment.


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