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In Victorian England, everyone is trying to make new scientific discoveries, including monumental failures such as The Duke of Barset whose attempt to make the first house in England illuminated by electricity lead to it going up in flames, Sir Charles Dillworthy's Proposal In The Park - Patrick John Scott* - Jules Vernes Rocket To The Moon bridge that falls apart after Queen Victoria cuts the ribbon and in Germany, Siegfried Von Bulow's powerful new explosive needing only minute quantities leads to disastrous problems with the weapon's recoil.
Barnum and Thumb are invited to a scientific lecture by Von Bulow who proposes the idea of sending a projectile to the Moon using his powerful new explosive. Von Bulow is ridiculed but Barnum thinks the idea has the potential to make him money.
He sets about finding the financial backing in order to build a giant cannon to fire the projectile, carrying a reluctant Tom Thumb. The project attracts investment Nuttin Nyce - Down 4 Whateva all over the world. However the spaceship designed by Sir Charles Dillworthy proves useless since it does not provide a means for returning to Earth.
Barnum then meets an American aeronautGaylord Sullivan, who has run off with his girlfriend, Madelaine, on her wedding day to another man, the wealthy Frenchman Henri. Upon arriving in Wales and meeting Barnum, Gaylord claims Jackson Browne - The Pretender he has designed a projectile equipped with round-trip rockets.
Henri offers to finance Gaylord's missile if he agrees to take Tom Thumb's place. Meanwhile, Dillworthy and his shady brother-in-law, Harry Washington-Smythe, who have already embezzled most of Barnum's funds, immediately plot to sabotage Gaylord's flight in order to win large wagers on the failure of the moonship expedition.
When Madelaine discovers their plan, she is kidnapped and taken off to Angelica's Home for Wayward Girls. She escapes, however, and arrives back at the launching pad, located on a mountain in Wales, just as Gaylord is being removed from the sabotaged moonship.
Dillworthy, Washington-Smythe, and a Russian spy, Bulgeroff, sneak into the spaceship to continue their sabotage. Bulgeroff pulls the takeoff lever, and the three men are sent soaring on a one-way trip. They land in what is presumably barren wasteland to find inhabitants singing in Russian. The befuddled Washington-Smythe can only conclude that the Russians are already on the moon; Washington-Smythe and Dillworthy find themselves as part of the Volga boatmen work brigade under the knout of the foreman [Bulgeroff].
The film was originally announced as going to star Bing One More Chance - Stone The Crows - Ontinuous Performance as Phineas T.
The film was almost entirely shot in Ireland starting 6 August The rocket launch was shot at the site of a disused copper mine in Avoca in Co. Wicklow, other exterior scenes were shot in the sand dunes of Brittas Bay and the interior scenes were shot at Ardmore Studiosjust south of Dublin. Director Don Sharp who had made several films for the producer Harry Alan Towers recalled that the film was Towers' most expensive. During production, the film was known as Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon but when it was screened by the British censors on 21 Februaryit was registered as Rocket to the Moon unusually, it was presented to the BBFC by the producer, Harry Towersinstead of the distribution company, which indicates that no distribution deal had been struck at the time.
The Times ' reviewer, Michael Billington, was not impressed:. Inspired by Jules Verne", the credits for this film rather cryptically announce. One can't argue Proposal In The Park - Patrick John Scott* - Jules Vernes Rocket To The Moon the credits, of course; but a more instantly recognizable inspiration is that brand of screen comedy that assumes that a large gathering of well-known names plus some vintage piece of machinery a car for preference, but a plane or rocket will do adds up to irresistible mirth.
But, as this film takes nearly two hours to demonstrate, it's no use cramming the cast with comedy actors if you're not going to give them anything very funny to do. The Los Angeles Times said the film had a "leisurely, not to say soporific pace Still it does retain an easy sauntering tone of amiable nonsense, with enough pratfalls and explosions to keep the small fry happy.
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