April 16, 2014

Films

Man in the Moon – 1960 | 98 mins | Comedy | B&W

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Plot Synopsis

Man in the Moon

Mildly amusing satire on the NASA space agency, but instead focusing on a man who is unwittingly recruited to become the first British lunar astronaut. This comedy from the Michael RelphBasil Dearden team based on the John Foley novel and co-written with Bryan Forbes, but the film’s ideas are executed by Dearden as a series of episodic comic sketches during More’s training. Kenneth More has great fun conjuring up one of his cheerfully comic characters in the mould of The Admirable Crichton or The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw. Charles Gray adds spice as with a splendidly nasty, aristocratic performance as one of the trio of snooty astronauts.

William Blood (Kenneth More), is a human guinea-pig at the Ministry of Health ‘Common Cold Research’ establishment, where he puts his immunity to coughs and colds down to not worrying. The A1 physical fitness makes him the ideal candidate for Dr. Davidson (Michael Hordern), who enrols Blood to unwittingly become Britain’s first astronaut. His fellow astronauts are reassured that Blood is merely a pathfinder, but when they read of a newspaper offering £100,000 to the fist man on the moon they become increasingly resentful. One rival in particular has his nose put out of joint,Leo (Charles Gray), and attempts to sabotage Blood’s training. Eventually Blood is put into orbit but his ultimate destination proves to be anything but the final frontier.

Production Team

Basil Dearden: Director
Jack Maxsted: Art Direction
Harry Waxman: Cinematography
Anthony Mendleson: Costume Design
John D Guthridge: Film Editing
WT Partleton: Makeup Department
Pearl Orton: Makeup Department
Philip Green: Original Music
Michael Relph: Producer
Donald M Ashton: Production Design
Michael Relph: Script
Bryan Forbes: Script
Basil Dearden: Script
Bill Daniels: Sound Department
Norman Savage: Sound Department
CC Stevens: Sound Department

Cast

Kenneth More: William Blood
Shirley Anne Field: Polly
Michael Hordern: Dr Davidson
Charles Gray: Leo
John Glyn-Jones: Dr Wilmot
John Phillips: Prof Stephens
Norman Bird: Herbert



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