in about 100 words or less
UK 103m, Colour
Director: Nathan Juran; Cast: Edward Judd, Martha Hyer, Lionel Jeffries
First Men in the Moon mysteriously begins with a 1964 United Nations moon landing that discovers evidence for an 1899 British expedition. Unfortunately, this simple premise is not further explored, and Juran launches the film into a campy 19th century adaptation of the 1901 H.G. Wells’ novel of the same name. Reminiscent of Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959), but without the musical numbers, First Men (and a lady) in the Moon inconsistently attempts to be a serious science fiction film in the opening and closing acts, while offering juvenile comedy throughout the middle (Klaus Ming February 2016).