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Once in a New Moon (1934)

| Sci-Fi | 1934 (UK)
When the small town of Shrimpton-on-Sea is dragged out into space by the force of a 'dead star' passing Earth, the populace try to organise a local government based on equal rights for all,... See full summary »

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Anthony Kimmins

Writer:

Owen Rutter (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eliot Makeham ... Harold Drake
Rene Ray ... Stella Drake
Morton Selten ... Lord Bravington
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Syd Parrott
Derrick De Marney ... Hon. Bryan-Grant (as Derrick de Marney)
John Clements John Clements ... Edward Teale
Mary Hinton ... Lady Bravington
Gerald Barry Gerald Barry ... Col. Fitzgeorge
Richard Goolden Richard Goolden ... Rev. Benjamin Buffett
H. Saxon-Snell H. Saxon-Snell ... K. Pilkington-Bigge (as Saxon Snell)
John Turnbull ... Capt. Crump
Cecil Landau Cecil Landau
Thorley Walters ... Beamish
Vernon Kelso Vernon Kelso
Charles Paton
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When the small town of Shrimpton-on-Sea is dragged out into space by the force of a 'dead star' passing Earth, the populace try to organise a local government based on equal rights for all, but conflicts arise between the local aristocracy and the villagers.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1934 (UK) See more »

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Fox Film Company See more »
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Mono (Visatone Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Thorley Walters. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: "Imagine a village whisked off into space by some strange, unearthly influence ...

What would happen in this little new world, this Shrimpton-in-the-Universe formerly (Shrimpton on Sea)?"

If Shrimpton's story is not exactly true, that does not make it any the less good fun." See more »

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Rare 1930's Sci-Fi Fantasy
2 January 2018 | by richardmeredith-42710See all my reviews

A small town Shrimpton-on-sea is sucked off earth by a passing dark star and becomes a planet in its own right. At first the community is happy to be governed by the squire and the usual village hierarchy, but then led by the butcher, a democratic government is elected which is more socialist in nature. The climax of the film is when civil war threatens to break out.

Not as expensive or as well acted as other sci-fi films of the period it is an interesting period piece, having a distant relationship with Jules Verne's "Off On A Comet" and worth a look. I give it four because of its story line and rarity more than for its place in cinematic history. Thnk you Talkingpictures TV for showing it!


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