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Master of the World (1961)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi, Adventure | May 1961 (USA)
In 1868, an American scientist and his team become hostages of fanatical pacifist Robur who uses his airship Albatross to destroy military targets on Earth.

Director:

William Witney

Writers:

Richard Matheson (screenplay), Jules Verne (based on two novels by: "Master of the World" and "Robur, the Conqueror")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Robur
Charles Bronson ... John Strock
Henry Hull ... Prudent
Mary Webster ... Dorothy Prudent
David Frankham ... Phillip Evans
Richard Harrison ... Alistair
Vito Scotti ... Topage (as Vitto Scotti)
Wally Campo ... Turner
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Storyline

The world in the late 19th century: A scientist and his team are held as "guests" of Robur on his airship, that he want to use to ensure peace on earth. Peace with all, even if he has to bombard military targets all over the world. Can the scientist stop him ? Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

The fabulous adventures of the man who conquered the earth to save it!

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Adventure

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jules Verne's Master of the World See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (including prologue)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (StereoSonic Sound) (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Magnacolor) (uncredited)| Black and White (archive material)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Curiously, this movie and Disney's 1954 version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea have more similarities than the two (technically three) Jules Verne's books that the movies are based on. See more »

Goofs

Although Irish "home rule" was an issue in the Victorian era of the movie, it was still wholly part of The UK at the time, and so certainly its rulers were still loyal to Britain (violent revolution began in 1916 leading to self-rule of a partitioned area in the 1920's). So Mr Hull was wrong to worry that him selling arms to Britain earlier would result in the Irish authorities persecuting him if he escaped from the Albatross to there. See more »

Quotes

Prudent: [debating with Robur over dinner] And you expect us to believe, sir, that because you gave that ship warning, that your actions of this afternoon were justifiable?
Robur: I expect nothing, sir.
Prudent: What you did was an act of pure barbarism, and were it not for the love I bear my daughter, and for the respect and esteem in which I hold Mr. Evans and Mr. Strock, I would rather the four of us perish in the sea than that this hell ship be preserved for the commission of further atrocities.
Robur: Was it not an ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: THE GREAT EYRIE MORGANTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA 1868 See more »

Alternate Versions

The Warner Home Video version runs 95 minutes and has no prologue sequence. The Orion Home Video version runs 99 minutes with the sequence. The laser disc version also includes the original exit music which brings the running time to 104 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Master of the World
Music by Les Baxter
Lyrics by Lenny Adelson (as Lenny Addelson)
Sung by Darryl Stevens
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Citizens of the World!, this is Robur!...
23 April 2002 | by Mr_K_WilliamsSee all my reviews

This film is a mish-mash of two Jules Verne novels (none of which, I have read), and I think it is a fairly good adventure.

It's interesting to see Charles Bronson in an early role (before he hooked up with Mr. Winner and went-all bitter vigilante'), he turns in a good performance. And the late-great Vincent Price is just right as Robur, Captain of the flying ship "The Albatross", in one of his trademark not-strictly evil genius roles - more like, men who usually have good or honourable intentions, but are driven to madness and the use of terrible means to acheive them. The rest of the cast are all of a fairly good standard, except the character of Mr. Prudent, I find him extremely annoying and the acting is also quite poor.

The effects are alright (you have to take into account it's the early 60's) and the set of the ship itself looks good and is well crafted. But the parts where the ship is supposed to be over land (some country- or-other), are almost funny because you can clearly see that the ship is super-imposed on to a completely different piece of film.

Overall Good, with an important message (discussed and challenged in the movie), that is more relevant, today, than ever.


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