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Professional human guinea-pig William Blood (Kenneth More) leaves his rocket believing he is the first man on the moon, only to discover there - an empty baked beans can!
First man on
il or was
ine moon- ?"?
. He's been to Brighton in an old bomb (remember "Genevieve"?); to Jaipur in an ancient train ("North West Frontier'") ; to sea in a luxury liner ("A Night To Remember") ; now Kenneth More is moon-bound in the comedy "Man In The Moon."
(Kenneth More), has one tremen- dous advantage over his fellow human beings - immunity. William is immune to anger, hate, greed, fear, wiles of women, and illness-especially illness.
And Kenneth More, by happy coin- cidence, has a similar disposition - which is one of thc reasons he was cast as William Blood in this Allied Film Makers' comedy. More has a reputation of being thc most carefree
actor in Britain.
Despite the comedy angle sur- rounding this superman who with- stands seasickness, frostbite, exposure.
baldness, beriberi . . . the film gives an impressive glimpse into the approaching space age.
The company spent months in scien- tific research to get authentic back- ground for those scenes in which the space men are trained for their trip to the moon. With the consent of the British Air Ministry, certain top-secret information - including experiments in rocket propulsion, conditions under tests, and thc reactions of bodies to extreme pressure - was made avail- able. More data rame from America and, strangely, even more from Russian
As Polly, the striptease artist with an innocent approach to life who falls in love with William Rlood, England's Shirley Anne Field adds a touch of glamor to thc comedy.