Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon
Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon is a 1967 Eastman color British science fiction comedy film directed by Don Sharp and starring Burl Ives, Troy Donahue, Gert Fröbe and Terry-Thomas. It was released in the US as Those Fantastic Flying Fools, in order to capitalise on the success of Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines two years earlier. 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 suspension 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. In the USA, Phineas T. Barnum's "Greatest Show on Earth" burns to the ground, so he heads for England with his star, Tom Thumb. 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 from 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 meets an American aeronaut, Gaylord 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 that he has designed a projectile equipped with round-trip rockets. Henri offers to finance Gaylord's missile. Meanwhile and his shady brother-in-law, Harry Washington-Smythe, who have embezzled most of Barnum's funds 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 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, a Russian spy, sneak into the spaceship to continue their sabotage. Bulgeroff pulls the takeoff lever, the three men are sent soaring on a one-way trip, they land in what is barren wasteland to find inhabitants singing in Russian. The befuddled Washington-Smythe can only conclude that the Russians are on the moon. Towers devised the story loosely based on From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne, whilst the script was by Dave Freeman, a comedy writer for The Benny Hill Show; the film was announced as going to star Bing Crosby as Phineas T. Barnum and Senta Berger, along with Terry-Thomas, Gert Fröbe and Wilfred Hyde-White. AIP said it would be a "wild adventure laced with comedy." In the end Lionel Jeffries replaced Hyde-White and Burl Ives and Daliah Lavi stood in for Crosby and Berger. The film was entirely shot in Ireland starting 6 August 1966.
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, the interior scenes were shot at Ardmore Studios, just 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. Attempting to obtain more funds for the projected US$3 million budget, Towers approached several international film studios who planned to release the films in their home countries. In exchange, each of the film studios provided funds with the provisos that their national stars of Gert Fröbe, Terry-Thomas and Troy Donohue received more screen time expanding the much tighter screenplay. 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 February 1967, it was registered as Rocket to the Moon. However, by the time it was released, on 13 July 1967, it was once again known as Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon.
The Times' reviewer, Michael Billington, was not impressed: Inspired by Jules Verne", the credits for this film rather cryptically announce. One can't argue with the credits, of course. 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 funny to do. In the United States, the film was first released by American International Pictures in Los Angeles on 26 July 1967 as Those Fantastic Flying Fools, in order to capitalise on the success of Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, which starred Terry-Thomas and Gert Fröbe, where the director Don Sharp was responsible for the aerial sequences. However, it wasn't the hit that the distributors expected, so it was cut down to 95 minutes and released as Blast-Off elsew
The Face of Fu Manchu
The Face of Fu Manchu is a 1965 thriller film directed by Don Sharp and based on the characters created by Sax Rohmer. It stars Christopher Lee as the eponymous villain, a Chinese criminal mastermind, Nigel Green as his pursuing rival Nayland Smith, a Scotland Yard detective; the film was a British-West German co-production, was the first in a five-part series starring Lee and produced by Harry Alan Towers for Constantin Film, the second of, The Brides of Fu Manchu released the final year with the final entry being The Castle of Fu Manchu from 1969. It was shot in Techniscope, on-location in County Dublin, Ireland; the beheading of international criminal mastermind Fu Manchu is witnessed in China by his nemesis Nayland Smith. Back in England, however, it is apparent that Fu Manchu is still operating. Smith is quick to detect that the execution he witnessed was that of a double, an actor hypnotised into taking Fu Manchu's place; the villain is back in London, working from a secret base underneath the River Thames.
He has kidnapped the esteemed Professor Muller, who holds the key to a deadly solution from the seeds of a rare Tibetan flower. Christopher Lee as Fu Manchu Nigel Green as Nayland Smith Tsai Chin as Lin Tang Joachim Fuchsberger as Carl Jannsen Karin Dor as Maria Muller James Robertson Justice as Sir Charles Howard Marion-Crawford as Dr. Petrie Walter Rilla as Professor Muller Harry Brogan as Professor Gaskell Jim Norton as Mathius Archie O'Sullivan as Chamberlain Edwin Richfield as Chief Magistrate Joe Lynch as Custodian Ric Young as Grand Lama Producer Harry Alan Towers denied the films were made to cash in on the James Bond craze: No relationship. Action, open-air, escapism - yes - but nothing to do with Bond-ism - Fu Manchu's atmosphere is a kind of timeless Never Never land. Bond is with-it; the film was shot on location in the Republic of Ireland, with Towers commenting: It's a good country for location work. Ardmore? It seems to be doing alright with the present film - and Ireland will always be attractive as long as filmmakers and their artists are seeking refuge from super tax.
The prison sequences were shot at Kilmainham Gaol. The British version of the film was scored by Christopher Whelen whilst the German release version was scored by Gert Wilden. A tie-in song Don't Fool with Fu Manchu performed by The Rockin' Ramrods was not heard in the film. In order to promote the film in the US, "Fu Manchu for Mayor" posters were done up and distributed in New York City during a mayoral election; the New York Times did not like the film, saying: The Face of Fu Manchu, back again after all these years, is about as frightening as Whistler's Mother. If this slow, simple-minded little color melodrama were not so excruciating, it might have been acceptable farce. Christopher Lee, as the old evil one, complete with waxy mustache and sounds like an overgrown Etonite. Fu Manchu, fooey. Nonetheless the film was successful enough to result in four sequels. "The first one should have been the last one," Lee wrote in 1983, "because it was the only good one." The Brides of Fu Manchu The Vengeance of Fu Manchu The Blood of Fu Manchu The Castle of Fu Manchu The Face of Fu Manchu on IMDb The Face of Fu Manchu at AllMovie The Face of Fu Manchu at BFI Screenonline The Face of Fu Manchu at the TCM Movie Database
Howard Marion-Crawford, the grandson of writer F. Marion Crawford, was an English character actor, best known for his portrayal of Dr. Watson in the 1954 television adaptation of Sherlock Holmes. In 1948, Marion-Crawford had played Holmes in a radio adaptation of "The Adventure of the Speckled Band", making him one of the few actors to portray both Holmes and Watson, he is known for his portrayal of Dr. Petrie in a series of low budget Fu Manchu films in the 1960s, playing Paul Temple in the BBC Radio serialisations. Howard Marion-Crawford was the son of an officer of the Irish Guards killed during the First World War. After attending Clifton College Crawford began a career in radio, his first film appearance was in Brown on Resolution. During the Second World War he enlisted in the Irish Guards, his father's old regiment, but soon suffered a major injury to one of his legs that caused him to be invalided out of the service. After he recovered, he enlisted in the Royal Air Force, where he became a navigator, rose to the rank of sergeant.
He resumed his acting career in both film in The Rake's Progress and was a regular broadcaster in BBC Radio Drama including playing the fictional detective Paul Temple in several series by Francis Durbridge. Among his film appearances are the character of Cranford in The Man in the White Suit and a British medical officer in Lawrence of Arabia. One of his last roles was as another military officer, Sir George Brown, in Tony Richardson's The Charge of the Light Brigade, he played "blusterers", "old duffers" and upper class military types, appearing as guest performer in television programmes like The Avengers, three roles with Patrick McGoohan in the television series Danger Man: the 1964 episodes "No Marks for Servility" and "Yesterday's Enemies" and the 1965 episode "English Lady Takes Lodgers". Marion-Crawford was married four times. Early in the Second World War, he was married to Jeanne Scott-Gunn, with whom he had a single son, Harold Francis Marion-Crawford. In 1946, he married the actress Mary Wimbush, with whom he had Charles.
His marriages were to June Elliot and Germaine Tighe-Umbers. A large man with a distinctive booming voice, known to his friends and family as "Boney", Howard Marion-Crawford had a lot of talent and acting came to him; this sometimes led to his being unreliable and his years were a struggle. Plagued by ill health in life, he died from a mixture of alcohol and sleeping pills in 1969. Detailed biography of Howard Marion-Crawford Howard Marion-Crawford on IMDb
The United Kingdom the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, sometimes referred to as Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world; the Irish Sea lies between Great Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres, the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world, it is the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017. The UK is constitutional monarchy; the current monarch is Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned since 1952, making her the longest-serving current head of state.
The United Kingdom's capital and largest city is London, a global city and financial centre with an urban area population of 10.3 million. Other major urban areas in the UK include Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and West Yorkshire conurbations, Greater Glasgow and the Liverpool Built-up Area; the United Kingdom consists of four constituent countries: England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Their capitals are London, Edinburgh and Belfast, respectively. Apart from England, the countries have their own devolved governments, each with varying powers, but such power is delegated by the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which may enact laws unilaterally altering or abolishing devolution; the nearby Isle of Man, Bailiwick of Guernsey and Bailiwick of Jersey are not part of the UK, being Crown dependencies with the British Government responsible for defence and international representation. The medieval conquest and subsequent annexation of Wales by the Kingdom of England, followed by the union between England and Scotland in 1707 to form the Kingdom of Great Britain, the union in 1801 of Great Britain with the Kingdom of Ireland created the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Five-sixths of Ireland seceded from the UK in 1922, leaving the present formulation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. There are fourteen British Overseas Territories, the remnants of the British Empire which, at its height in the 1920s, encompassed a quarter of the world's land mass and was the largest empire in history. British influence can be observed in the language and political systems of many of its former colonies; the United Kingdom is a developed country and has the world's fifth-largest economy by nominal GDP and ninth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It has a high-income economy and has a high Human Development Index rating, ranking 14th in the world, it was the world's first industrialised country and the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The UK remains a great power, with considerable economic, military and political influence internationally, it is sixth in military expenditure in the world. It has been a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council since its first session in 1946.
It has been a leading member state of the European Union and its predecessor, the European Economic Community, since 1973. The United Kingdom is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Council of Europe, the G7, the G20, NATO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the World Trade Organization; the 1707 Acts of Union declared that the kingdoms of England and Scotland were "United into One Kingdom by the Name of Great Britain". The term "United Kingdom" has been used as a description for the former kingdom of Great Britain, although its official name from 1707 to 1800 was "Great Britain"; the Acts of Union 1800 united the kingdom of Great Britain and the kingdom of Ireland in 1801, forming the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Following the partition of Ireland and the independence of the Irish Free State in 1922, which left Northern Ireland as the only part of the island of Ireland within the United Kingdom, the name was changed to the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland".
Although the United Kingdom is a sovereign country, Scotland and Northern Ireland are widely referred to as countries. The UK Prime Minister's website has used the phrase "countries within a country" to describe the United Kingdom; some statistical summaries, such as those for the twelve NUTS 1 regions of the United Kingdom refer to Scotland and Northern Ireland as "regions". Northern Ireland is referred to as a "province". With regard to Northern Ireland, the descriptive name used "can be controversial, with the choice revealing one's political preferences"; the term "Great Britain" conventionally refers to the island of Great Britain, or politically to England and Wales in combination. However, it is sometimes used as a loose synonym for the United Kingdom as a whole; the term "Britain" is used both as a synonym for Great Britain, as a synonym for the United Kingdom. Usage is mixed, with the BBC preferring to use Britain as shorthand only for Great Britain and the UK Government, while accepting that both terms refer to the United K
The Million Eyes of Sumuru
The Million Eyes of Sumuru is a 1967 British spy film produced by Harry Alan Towers, directed by Lindsay Shonteff and filmed at the Shaw Brothers studios in Hong Kong. It stars George Nader, with Shirley Eaton as the title character Sumuru, it was based on a series of novels by Sax Rohmer about a megalomaniacal femme fatale. The film was released in the U. S. by American International Pictures on 17 May 1967. In the U. K. it was released through Warner-Pathé on 3 December, titled Sumuru. Terry Bourke was production manager. Sumuru is a beautiful but evil woman who plans world domination by having her sexy all-female army eliminate male leaders and replace them with her female agents; the Chief of Security for President Boong of Sinonesia is killed. Two Americans in Hong Kong, Nick West and his friend Tommy Carter, are persuaded by the head of British intelligence, Colonel Baisbrook, to investigate, they discover the organisation headed by Sumuru, which claims to be interested in peaceful activities.
A dead girl winds up in Nick's bed and he ends up being framed for murder. They go to Hong Kong to stop an assassination. Frankie Avalon as Agent Tommy Carter George Nader as Agent Nick West Shirley Eaton as Sumuru Wilfrid Hyde-White as Colonel Sir Anthony Baisbrook Klaus Kinski as President Boong Patti Chandler as Louise Salli Sachse as Mikki Ursula Rank as Erno Krista Nell as Zoe Maria Rohm as Helga Martin Paul Chang Chungas Inspector Koo Essie Lin Chia as Kitty Jon Fong as Colonel Medika Denise Davreux as Sumuru Guard Mary Cheng as Sumuru Guard Jill Hamilton as Sumuru Guard Lisa Gray as Sumuru Guard Christine Lok as Sumuru Guard Margaret Cheung as Sumuru Guard Louise Lee as Sumuru Guard Shirley Eaton reprised her role as Sumuru in Jess Franco's The Girl from Rio. Eaton said "I did enjoy being the wicked lady Sumuru in two rather bad films, which I had not had the chance to be before." However, she retired from acting shortly afterwards. The Million Eyes of Sumuru inspired riot grrrl musician Lois Maffeo to adopt Bikini Kill as a band name.
She and her friend Margaret Doherty used the name for a one-off performance where they donned faux fur punk cave girl costumes. Tobi Vail liked the name and appropriated it for the iconic punk group after Maffeo settled on the band name Cradle Robbers; this film was featured in the KTMA season of Mystery Science Theater 3000. The Million Eyes of Sumuru on IMDb "Mystery Science Theater 3000" The Million Eyes of Sumuru on IMDb Episode guide: K18- The Million Eyes of Sumuru
Victim Five known as Code 7, Victim 5 is a 1964 British crime film directed by Robert Lynn and starring Lex Barker, Ronald Fraser, Ann Smyrner and Walter Rilla. The screenplay concerns a private detective who joins forces with the South African police, hunting down a murder in Cape Town. Lex Barker - Steve Martin Ronald Fraser - Inspector Dickie Lean Ann Smyrner - Helga Swenson Véronique Vendell - Gina Walter Rilla - Wexler Dietmar Schönherr - Dr. Paul Bryson Percy Sieff - George Anderson Gustel Gundelach - Hans Kramer Gert Van den Bergh - Vanberger Howard Davis - Rawlings Sophia Kammara - Leila Victim Five on IMDb
Circus of Fear
Circus of Fear Scotland Yard auf heißer Spur Circus of Terror) is a 1966 Anglo-German international co-production thriller film starring Christopher Lee, Suzy Kendall, Cecil Parker, Klaus Kinski and Victor Maddern. The U. S. title was Psycho-Circus. It was based on the novel The Three Just Men by Edgar Wallace; when an armoured car is robbed, in a daring daylight raid on Tower Bridge, one of the gang hides the money in Barberini's Circus. The police investigate people being murdered by throwing knives. Gregor, is a facially scarred lion tamer, one of the many suspects in the case investigated by Scotland Yard's detective Elliot, his examination of all the clues leads to a final denouement in front of the assembled suspects during a knife-throwing act. Christopher Lee - Gregor Leo Genn - Elliott Anthony Newlands - Barberini Heinz Drache - Carl Eddi Arent - Eddie Klaus Kinski - Manfred Hart Margaret Lee - Gina Suzy Kendall - Natasha Cecil Parker - Sir John Victor Maddern - Mason Maurice Kaufmann - Mario Lawrence James - Manley Tom Bowman - Jackson Skip Martin - Mr. Big Nosher Powell - Red Gordon Petrie - Man Henry B.
Longhurst - Hotel porter Dennis Blakely - Armoured van guard George Fisher - Fourth man Peter Brace - Speedboat man Roy Scammell - Speedboat man Geoff Silk - Security man Keith Peacock - Security man John Carradine - Narrator The film was shot at Billy Smart's Circus. The film premiered in Germany on 29 April 1966 and in the UK in November 1967; the Radio Times wrote, "Christopher Lee wears a black woolly hood for nearly all of his scenes in this lame whodunnit, with minor horrific overtones...but the stalwart efforts of the cast including Klaus Kinski and Suzy Kendall act as a welcome safety net for the shaky plot". Christopher Lee filmography Circus of Fear on IMDb Circus of Fear at the TCM Movie Database