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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.

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About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal House, The Blues BrothersAn American Werewolf In LondonTrading Places, Schlock, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night, The Stupids, Innocent Blood, Coming To America, Burke & Hare, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Black Or White among many other films, commercials and extensive work in television. He was the Executive Producer and often director of HBO's celebrated series Dream On, and contributed two movies to the Masters of Horror series, Deer Woman and Family. His feature length documentaries Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO, and Slasher on IFC.