Man in the Moon (1960)

99m, 8910 feet
35mm film, black and white,
mono, English

A British comedy science fiction film directed by Basil Dearden.

Plot Summary

William Blood enjoys exceptional health. He never gets ill and has never seven suffered so much as a cold. This makes him the perfect candidate for Britain's first mission to the moon and he begins his training. But when he falls in love, his remarkable health begins to deteriorate and his trip into space doesn't take him where he hoped it would.


Directed by: Basil Dearden
© Excalibur Films Ltd. MCMLX [1960]
Allied Film Makers presents. Michael Relph and Basil Dearden's production. Distributed through Rank Film Distributors Ltd. Made for Allied Film Makers
Produced by: Michael Relph
Production Manager: Jack Swinburne
Second Unit Director: Norman Harrison
Assistant Director: Bert Batt
2nd Assistant Director: Dennis Lewis
3rd Assistant Director: Ron Purdie
Continuity: Joan Davis
Original Screenplay by: Michael Relph, Bryan Forbes
Director of Photography: Harry Waxman
Camera Operator: H.A.R. Thomson
Focus Puller: Steve Claydon
Clapper/Loader: Ron Anscombe
Stills: Ian Jeayes
Editor: John D. Guthridge
Assembly Editor: Marcel Durham
Assistant Editor: Vera Dover
Music by: Philip Green
Sound Recordists: C.C. Stevens, Bill Daniels
Boom Operator: Gus Lloyd
Sound Editor: Norman Savage
Costume Designer: Anthony Mendleson
Make-up: W.T. Partleton
Hairdressing: Pearl Orton
Production Designer: Don Ashton
Art Director: Jack Maxsted
Set Dresser: Peter Murton
Draughtsman: Elven Webb
Production Secretary: Jean Hall
Unit Publicist: Robert Herrington
Casting Director: Weston Drury Jr
Made at: Pinewood Studios and The Royal Air Force Institute of Aviation Medicine and the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, England

Kenneth More (William [Blood])
Shirley Anne Field (Polly)
Michael Hordern (Dr Davidson)
Charles Gray (Leo)
John Glyn-Jones (Dr Wilmot)
John Phillips (Professor Stephens)
Norman Bird (Herbert)
Noel Purcell (prospector)
Bernard Horsfall (Rex)
Newton Blick (Dr [H.R.] Hollis)
Bruce Boa (Roy)
Ed Devereaux (storekeeper)
Richard Pearson (1st doctor)
Lionel Gamlin (2nd doctor)
Russell Waters (Woomera director)
Danny Green [lorry driver]
Jeremy Lloyd [Jaguar driver]
Alec McCowen [security officer]
Nikki van der Zyl [dubbed voice of Polly]

Alternative Titles

A la Luna me voy – Mexican advertising title
Autuas avaruusmies – Finnish title
Ember a holdon – Hungarian title
Gubben i månen – Swedish title
Um Homem na Lua – Brazilian, Portuguese title
Un hombre en la Luna – Spanish title
Passeport pour la lune – French title
Il primo uomo sulla Luna – Italian title
Synevi to kalokairi – Greek television title



  • The Daily Cinema no.8376 (28 October 1960) p.7 – credits, review
  • Kine Weekly no.2770 (3 November 1960) p.26 – credits, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.27 no.323 (December 1960) p.171 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Variety 16 November 1960 – credits, review