Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon

Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon

Don Sharp (1967)

U Certificate


Our Score
No prizes for guessing where the inspiration for the alternative title to this film, Those Fantastic Flying Fools, came from. But beware! These not-so-magnificent men in their rocketship to the Moon provide strictly routine science fantasy. A fabulous cast (including ex-Bond villain Gert Fröbe and 1950s teen idol Troy Donahue) breathes life into an insipid Jules Verne concoction that has Burl Ives (as Phineas T Barnum) sending circus performers into Victorian orbit only to have them crash-land in tsarist Russia. Sadly, the zany comedy plummets even faster than this cheap special effect.


Legendary American showman Phineas T Barnum designs a space rocket, which he hopes will take him to the moon, but his scheme is threatened when two crooks get wind of his plan and decide to sabotage the craft. Sci-fi comedy, starring Terry-Thomas, Lionel Jeffries, Burl Ives, Gert Frobe, Dennis Price and Hermione Gingold.

Cast & Crew

Phineas T Barnum Burl Ives
Gaylord Sullivan Troy Donahue
Professor von Bulow Gert Fröbe
Angelica Hermione Gingold
Sir Charles Dillworthy Lionel Jeffries
Madelaine Daliah Lavi
Duke of Barset Dennis Price
Warrant officer Stratford Johns
Grundle Graham Stark
Captain Sir Harry Washington-Smythe Terry-Thomas
General Tom Thumb Jimmy Clitheroe
Director Don Sharp
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama Comedy