From the Earth to the Moon (1958)




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The resurgence of interest in Jules Verne following the release of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) led to a brief cycle of Verne-based films. Produced in Mexico by Benedict Bogeaus, From the Earth to the Moon stars Joseph Cotten as eccentric Civil War-era scientist Victor Barbicane. Claiming to have invented a source of "infinite energy" called Power X, Barbicane is able to secure financing for a rocket trip to the moon. Along for the ride is Barbicane's bitter enemy, Stuyvesant Nicholl (George Sanders), who feels that Barbicane is violating the laws of God and nature with his extraterrestrial dreams. Thus, Nicholl sabotages the space vessel, setting the stage for a suspenseful finale. The requisite romantic interest is handled by Barbicane's daughter Virginia (a newly blonde Debra Paget) and his assistant Ben Sharpe (Don Dubbins). Wandering in and out of the proceedings is a mysterious bearded character known only as J.V. (Carl Esmond). Hampered by a small budget, From the Earth to the Moon doesn't deliver the special effects highlights that its ad campaign implicitly promised, but the actors are convincing and the story is logically presented. Originally slated for RKO release, the film was ultimately distributed by Warner Bros.
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George Sanders
as Stuyvesant Nicholl
Joseph Cotten
as Victor Barbicane
Ludwig Stossel
as Aldo Von Metz
Patric Knowles
as Josef Cartier
Debra Paget
as Virginia Nicholl
Henry Daniell
as Morgana
Melville Cooper
as Bancroft
Morris Ankrum
as U.S. Grant
Don Dubbins
as Ben Sharpe
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Critic Reviews for From the Earth to the Moon

All Critics (7)

Saddled with dull melodramatics, muddled intentions about weaponry uses, lame special effects (due to the low budget) and stiff acting.

Full Review… | June 15, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Good treatment of Jules Verne.

October 16, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Really dull period sci-fi with a good cast.

October 15, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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Full Review… | April 24, 2012
Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review Database

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July 29, 2005
Boulder Weekly

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July 3, 2005

Audience Reviews for From the Earth to the Moon


This film was just boring to me, but some spots in the film did pick up. The plot idea was good, it just didn't have the excitement for me in this film.

Jesse Richardson
Jesse Richardson

Saddled with dull melodramatics, muddled intentions about weaponry uses, lame special effects (due to the low budget) and stiff acting.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

I really like all the artistic and personal touches to Rae and Adam's wedding. Congrats to the both of them. It was a lot of fun. [b]The Silent Killer at the Dance Floor:[/b] Senh: [size=2]i didn't fart last night at the dance floor[/size] [size=2]Bryan: [size=2]whaatt?[/size][/size] [size=2][size=2]Bryan: [size=2]what made you say that :P[/size][/size][/size] Bryan: [size=2]very random hehe[/size] [size=2]Senh: [size=2]remember it started getting kinda smelly?[/size][/size] [size=2][size=2]Bryan: [size=2]ahh hehe[/size][/size][/size] [size=2][size=2][size=2]Bryan: [size=2]someone farted for sure![/size][/size][/size][/size] [size=2][size=2][size=2][size=2]Bryan: [size=2]wasn't me...[/size][/size][/size][/size][/size] [size=2][size=2][size=2][size=2][size=2]Bryan: [size=2]lots of people around though [/size][/size][/size][/size][/size][/size][size=2][size=2][size=2]Senh: [size=2]wasn't me either...[/size][/size][/size][/size] Bryan: [size=2][size=2][size=2][size=2][size=2]many possible culprits[/size][/size][/size][/size][/size] [size=2][size=2][size=2][size=2][size=2]Bryan: [size=2]it was quite stinky...[/size][/size][/size][/size][/size][/size] Senh: yes, it was [size=2][size=2][size=2][size=2][size=2][size=2]Bryan: [size=2]glady's blamed me :([size=2] Bryan: hahaha Bryan: [size=2]i don't fart in public! i swear[/size] Senh: [size=2]sure[/size] [size=2][size=2]Senh: hehe... although binh was holding one until got back[/size][/size] [/size][/size][/size][/size][/size][/size][/size][/size][size=2]Bryan: hehehe[/size] [size=2]Bryan: [/size][size=2]maybe it was mr. ngo :P[/size] [size=2][url=""][img][/img][/url][/size] [size=2] [/size] [b]Back to the Movies[/b] Batman Begins - Great actors, good craftsmenship, good script. A solid movie. I generally like the realistic approach, but I wouldn't have minded if they break from that approach during the action sequences. The fight scenes were horrible - decent in the beginning, but just awful as the film progressed. If not for the sound, I wouldn't have known they were fighting. The action sequences were pretty mediocre too. Story and acting are great and all, but for a comic book movie, you need to bring in the mayhem. [url=""][img][/img][/url] King Arthur - I watched the rated R director's cut where there are lots of beheadings, blood, and limbs flying all over the place. The director had the same approach as that of Batman Begins. He wanted a film that is realistic and rooted in History, so no magic. The politics get a little confusing in the middle, but overall, it's really well made. I admire craftsmanship. It looks great. I also prefer the original ending. By trying to convert an R-rated film to a PG-13 film and the tagged on cheerful ending, the film was brought down a couple notches. Also, I think it's probably the wrong choice to do it realistically - even tho it's pretty well done - especially since Lord of the Rings was so successful at the box office. If he threw in a couple dragons and some magic, it would have probably made a lot more money. From the Earth to the Moon - Lots of talking about technology and morality instead of actually giving us an adventure. [url=""][img][/img][/url] Finding Neverland - Shakespeare in Love for the family. Touching and sweet.

Senh Duong
Senh Duong

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