First Men in the Moon

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Released 1964

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Director:
Nathan Juran
Released:
1964
Rating:
R
First Men in the Moon is a 1964 science fiction film directed by Nathan Juran. It is based on the 1901 novel of the same name by H.G. Wells. When a team of United Nations (UN) astronauts fly to the moon in 1964 they think they are going to be the first humans to step foot on it. However, they soon discover that there is already a British flag on the moon claiming it for Queen Victoria. They find a message nearby that leads UN members to elderly Arnold Bedford (Edward Judd), a resident of a nursing home. Bedford then narrates a strange story through a series of flashbacks about how he traveled to the moon. In 1899, Bedford, his girlfriend Katherine Callender (Martha Hyer), and scientist Joseph Cavor (Lionel Jeffries) manage to land on the moon by using one of Cavor's inventions. When they arrive, they soon discover that aliens named Selenites are hatching a diabolical plot to take over the Earth.moreless

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Classics, Aliens