Jules Verne’s Rocket to the Moon (1967)

95m, 2785.57 metres
35mm film, “filmed in Panavision” (anamorphic), Eastmancolor, 2.35:1
mono, English

A British science fiction film directed by Don Sharp.

Plot Summary

Phineas T. Barnum finances the first rocket flight to the moon. They begin to build a huge gun in the side of a mountainside in Wales but are hampered by financial difficulties, foreign agents and sabotage attempts.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Don Sharp
© Jules Verne Films Limited
Produced by: Harry Alan Towers
Production Manager: Basil Appleby
Screenplay by: Dave Freeman
Original Story by: Peter Welbeck [real name: Harry Alan Towers]
Inspired by the writings of Jules Verne
Assistant Director: John Peverall
Continuity: Josephine Knowles
2nd Unit Continuity: Pat O'Donnell *
Lighting Cameraman: Reg Wyer
Camera Operator: Ginger Gemmel
Gaffer: Ron Pearce *
Editor: Ann Chegwidden
Music Composed and Conducted by: Patrick John Scott
Sound Mixer: John Brommage
Dubbing Editor: Roy Baker
Costumes Designed by: Carl Toms
Costumes Supplied by: Bermans
Wardrobe: Ron Beck
Make-up: Michael Morris
Hairdresser: Ann Box
Special Effects: Les Bowie and Pat Moore
Art Director: Frank White
Assistant Art Director: Richard Rambaut *
Set Decorator: Frank Graves *
Production Secretary: Beryl Harvey
Grip and Lighting Equipment: Lee Lighting Ltd *
Filmed on location and at Ardmore Studios (Ireland) Limited, County Wicklow, Ireland

Burl Ives (Phineas T. Barnum)
Troy Donahue (Gaylord [Sullivan])
Gert Frobe (Professor von Bulow)
Hermione Gingold (Angelica)
Lionel Jeffries (Sir Charles Dillworthy)
Dennis Price (Duke of Barset)
Daliah Lavi (Madelaine)
Stratford Johns (warrant officer)
Graham Stark (Grundle)
Jimmy Clitheroe (General Tom Thumb)
Judy Cornwell (Electra)
Joachim Teege (Bulgeroff)
Edward de Souza (Henri)
Joan Sterndale Bennett (Queen Victoria, God Bless her!)
Allan Cuthbertson (Scuttling)
Reanet Holt (Anna)
Terry-Thomas (Captain Sir Harry Washington-Smythe)
Derek Francis (Puddleby)
Anthony Woodruff (announcer)
Hugh Walters (Carruthers)
Donald Bisset (Flood)
Cecil Nash (Chambers)
Vernon Hayden (Mr Brown)
John Franklyn (railway guard)
Harry Brogan (Professor Dingle)
Derek Young (French officer of guard)
Maurice Denham [narrator] *

Alternative Titles

Aqueles Fantásticos Loucos Voadores – Brazil
Blast Off – alternative title
Le Grand départ vers la lune – France
Quei fantastici pazzi volanti – Italy
Rocket to the Moon
Those Fantastic Flying Fools
Tolldreiste Kerle in rasselnden Raketen
– West Germany



  • British National Film Catalogue vol.5 (1967) – credits
  • The Daily Cinema no.9388 (28 June 1967) p.10
  • The Film Daily vol.130 no.117 (20 June 1967) p.9
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.196 no.14 (14 June 1967) p.3
  • Kine Weekly no.3116 (1 July 1967) p.26
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.34 no.403 (August 1967) p.126
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.237 no.25 (21 June 1967) p.697
  • Starburst no.276 (August 2001) p.65 – DVD review (Reviews: DVD File by Ian Atkins)
  • Variety 28 June 1967


  • American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig p.370
  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.152-153 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Armchair Odeon: The Collector's Guide to the Movies by Denis Gifford p.48
  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.265 – credits, review
  • The Espionage Filmography: United States Releases, 1898 through 1999 by Paul Mavis p.318 – credits, review
  • Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures by Mark Thomas McGee pp.326
  • Feature films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.468 – credits
  • Harry Alan Towers: The Transnational Career of a Cinematic Contrarian by Dave Mann pp.45, 46, 51, 52, 55, 57, 69, 70
  • Jules Verne on Film by Thomas C. Renzi p.73 – credits, review
  • Kine Yearbook 1969 p.115 – credits
  • by Walt Lee p.490 – credits
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.138-139