Man in the Moon


1h 39m 1961

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
New York opening: 12 Jun 1961
Production Company
Excalibur Films;
Distribution Company
Trans-Lux Distributing Corp.
Country
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

William Blood, an extraordinarily healthy Englishman, makes his living as a human guinea pig for medical research. He loses his job, however, when his physical fitness prevents him from catching a common cold after spending the night in a meadow. Almost immediately he is recruited by Professor Davidson of the Atomic Research Center, who plans to make Blood the first man on the moon, a project that is concealed from him. When Blood emerges from tests in refrigerators, in hot boxes, on rocket sleds, and in centrifugal whirlers, Blood arouses the envy of Leo, an astronaut who had hoped to win the prize money offered to the first man to attempt a landing on the moon. This situation is remedied, however, when the scientists brainwash Leo into loving his rival. Although Blood eventually learns of the fate awaiting him, the prize money is too tempting, and he agrees to undertake the flight. His spaceship is launched from an Australian range; and the scientists are able to contact him. Unfortunately, he lands in the middle of the Australian bush country rather than on the moon. Blood then heads back to England and his Soho stripper girl friend, Sally.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
New York opening: 12 Jun 1961
Production Company
Excalibur Films;
Distribution Company
Trans-Lux Distributing Corp.
Country
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Quotes

Mind you, don't misunderstand me. I'm all for the old fair sex. Nothing like them at the right time and the right place. I mean, let's face it, you boffins have never come up with anything better as a substitute. But the moment I catch a glimmer of the old red light, that's me, I'm off!
- 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?
- Blood
Well, yes, as a matter of fact.
- J.B. Davidson
I can always tell.
- Blood
How?
- J.B.
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!
- Blood

Trivia

Notes

Opened in London in January 1961.