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First Men in the Moon

Released 1964
Distributor Columbia

Victorian astronauts find Ray Harryhausen-animated life on the moon in this charming semi-spoof adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel, which adds a key ingredient Wells left out: love interest Martha Hyer. Set visitor Peter Finch appears in a cameo that came about when a minor player didn’t show up.

About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal HouseThe Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In LondonTrading PlacesComing To America, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the recent Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios,  among many other films and television shows. His documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO and won an Emmy for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Special.  He is also the subject of noted film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan’s recent book “John Landis” and his own book “Monsters in the Movies’ was published to critical and popular acclaim in 2012.