Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)

USA,
77m, 6850 ft, 2088 metres
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American science fiction comedy directed by Charles Lamont.

Plot Summary

Fooling about in a space rocket, Lester and Orville accidentally manage to launch the ship and crash land in New Orleans during the Mardi Gras, mistaking the costumed revellers for Martians. Forced by criminals to set the rocket off on its voyages again, they land on and find an all-female subterranean society ruled over by Queen Allura.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Copyright MCMLIII [1953] by Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Universal-International presents
Produced by: Howard Christie
Screenplay by: D.D. Beauchamp and John Grant
Story by: Howard Christie and D.D. Beauchamp
Director of Photography: Clifford Stine
Film Editor: Russell Schoengarth
Musical Direction: Joseph Gershenson
Music: Henry Mancini [uncredited], Milton Rosen [uncredited], Frank Skinner [uncredited], Herman Stein [uncredited]
Sound: Leslie I. Carey, Robert Pritchard
Sound System: Western Electric Recording
Costumes: Leah Rhodes
Make-up: Bud Westmore
Hair Stylist: Joan St. Oegger
Special Photography: David S. Horsley
Art Direction: Alexander Golitzen, Robert Boyle
Set Decorations: Russell A. Gausman, Julia Heron

Cast
Bud Abbott (Lester – credited as as part of the title)
Lou Costello (Orville – credited as Abbott and Costello as part of the title)
Mari Blanchard (Allura)
Robert Paige (Dr Wilson)
Horace McMahon (Mugsy)
Martha Hyer (Janie)
Jack Kruschen (Harry)
Joe Kirk (Dr Orvilla)
Jean Willes (captain)
Anita Ekberg (guard)
James Flavin (first policeman in bank)
and the Miss Universe Beauties:
Jackie Loughery, Miss U.S.A. (guard)
Ruth Hampton, Miss New Jersey (handmaiden)
Valerie Jackson, Miss Montana (handmaiden)
Renate Huy, Miss Germany (handmaiden)
Jeanne Thompson, Miss Louisiana (handmaiden)
Jeri Miller, Miss Welcome to Long Beach (guard)
Judy Hatula, Miss Michigan (guard)
Elza Edsman, Miss Hawaii (handmaiden)

Alternative Titles

Abbott e Costello Vão para Marte – Portugese title
Abbott en Costello gaan naar Mars – Dutch title
Abbott ja Costello matkalla Marsiin – Finnish title
Abbott y Costello en Venus – Chilean title
On To Mars
Rocket and Roll
Viaggio al pianeta Venere
– Italian title

Extracts included in
The World of Abbott and Costello (1965)

See also
Cat Women of the Moon (1953)
Fire Maidens from Outer Space (1956)

References

Periodicals

  • Castle of Frankenstein no.6 p.4
  • The Film Daily vol.103 no.66 (7 April 1953) p.6 – review
  • Filmfax no.47 (October/November 1994) pp.49-56 – illustrated article (This island mirth part 1 by Ron Palumbo)
  • Filmfax no.48 (January/February 1995) pp.56-65, 82 – illustrated article (This island mirth part 2 by Ron Palumbo)
  • Kine Weekly no.2393 (7 May 1953) p.18 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.20 no.233 (June 1953) p.87 – credits, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.188 no.6 (9 August 1952) p.26 – note
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.190 no.4 (24 January 1953) p.1694 – note
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.190 no.12 (21 March 1953) p.1766 – review
  • Nebula Science Fiction vol.1 no.2 (Spring 1953) p.95 – note (Scientifilm previews by Forrest J. Ackerman)
  • Sight & Sound vol.11 no.8 (August 2001) p.58 – review (Homemovies: reviews by Geoffrey Macnab)
  • Today's Cinema vol.80 no.6747 (29 April 1953) p.10 – review
  • Variety 25 March 1953 – review

Newspapers

  • Dallas Morning News 3 April 1953 Section 1 p.10 – note (Abbott and Costello go to Mars now)

Books

  • The Abbott and Costello Book by Jim Mulholland pp.167-168; 236-237
  • Abbott and Costello on the Home Front: A Critical Study of the Wartime Films by Scott Allen Nollen pp.200-202 – illustrated credits
  • The Abbott & Costello Story by Stephen Cox and John Lofflin pp.233-234
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopaedia: Science Fiction p.136 – illustrated credits, review
  • Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again p.10 – credits, review
  • The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Films by R.G. Young p.1 – credits, note
  • Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Films from 1897 to the Present by C.J. Henderson p.1 – credits, synopsis
  • Hoffman's Guide to Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.14 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis pp.13-14 – credits
  • The Horror Factory: The Horror Films of Universal 1931-1955 by Bruce Dettman and Michael Bedford pp.153;170 – note; credits
  • The Horror Spoofs of Abbott and Costello: A Critical Assessment of the Comedy Team's Monster Films by Jeffrey S. Miller pp.25-26, 213, 218
  • Horrors from Screen to Scream by Ed Naha p.1 – note
  • The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film by Michael Weldon p.2 – illustrated credits, review
  • Keep Watching the Skies: The 21st Century Edition by Bill Warren pp.21-23 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • by Walt Lee p.1 – credits
  • The Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Handbook by Alan Frank p.10 – credits, review
  • Science Fiction Film Source Book p.20 – credits, review
  • Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film and Television Credits Volume II p.731 – credits
  • Videohound's Complete Guide to Cult Flicks and Trash Pics p.1 – credits, review