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The Mouse on the Moon (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi | 17 June 1963 (USA)
A tiny country persuades the Americans and Soviets that they're starting a space program, when they really just want some money for new plumbing.

Director:

Richard Lester

Writers:

Leonard Wibberley (novel), Michael Pertwee (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Rutherford ... Grand Duchess Gloriana XIII
Ron Moody ... Prime Minister Rupert Mountjoy
Bernard Cribbins ... Vincent Mountjoy
David Kossoff ... Professor Kokintz
Terry-Thomas ... Maurice Spender (as Terry Thomas)
June Ritchie ... Cynthia
John Le Mesurier ... British Delegate
John Phillips ... Bracewell - U.S. Delegate
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... M.I.5. Man
Roddy McMillan Roddy McMillan ... Benter
Tom Aldredge ... Wendover
Michael Trubshawe ... British Aide
Peter Sallis ... Russian Delegate
Clive Dunn ... Bandleader
Hugh Lloyd ... Plumber
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Storyline

Sequel to The Mouse That Roared (1959), the tiny country of Grand Fenwick has a hot water problem in the castle. To get the money necessary to put in a new set of plumbing, they request foreign aid from the U.S. for Space Research. The Russians then send aid as well to show that they too are for the internationalization of space. While the grand Duke is dreaming of hot baths, their one scientist is slapping together a rocket. The U.S. and Soviets get wind of the impending launch and try and beat them to the moon. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Stop shooting at our moon! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

Russian | English

Release Date:

17 June 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mouse on the Moon See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walter Shenson Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ron Moody was only four years older than Bernard Cribbins, who played his son Vincent. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, as the guard falls, he is wearing a large fluffy black hat, commonly known as a busby, which then appears and disappears in each subsequent shot. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Grand Duchess Gloriana XIII: It's that nasty tin thing again!
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Follows The Mouse That Roared (1959) See more »

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RE: Good Sequel!
27 November 2007 | by brad_and_ethanSee all my reviews

I disagree with the other critics who say this doesn't live up to the original. I think that even without Peter Sellers, that this sequel stands on its own two feet. The script was incredibly funny, from start to finish. There are so many nice touches by the screenwriter; it's hard to list them all. However, the touch of having the astronauts and cosmonauts being forced to return in the Fenwick rocketship - is just brilliant! The major drawback with this script is the lead's love interest, the blonde girl. She really feels like a fifth wheel throughout much of the film, and her subplot isn't dynamic enough. However, overall there are plenty of jokes strewn throughout the story, and the direction and editing is also spot-on.


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