First Men in the Moon movie poster



First Men in the Moon (1964) was based on the H.G. Wells book of the same name and is a rollicking adventure graced with beautiful sets and the special effect magic of legendary stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen.

As man was already racing to the moon in real life, the film opens with astronauts landing on the lunar surface only to discover a British flag and declaration that the moon has been already been claimed in the name of Queen Victoria.

First Men in the Moon movie photo Investigators track down the last surviving member of the Victorian crew, 90-some-year-old Arnold Bedford (Edward Judd). Bedford tells the story of how he, his girlfriend Katherine Callender (Marthat Hyer) and inventor Joseph Cavor (Lionel Jeffries) reached the moon in 1899 in a sphere-shaped craft painted with Cavor's anti-gravity paste.

Once on the moon, they encounter the Selenites, a race of ant-like creatures who live in crystal caverns and take the bold explorers captive. But ultimately, man's presence spells diaster for the ill-fated moon bugs.

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