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Master of the World (1961)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | May 1961 (USA)
In 1868, an American scientist and his team become hostages of fanatical pacifist Robur who uses his airship Albatross to destroy military targets on Earth.

Director:

William Witney

Writers:

Richard Matheson (screenplay), Jules Verne (based on two novels by: "Master of the World" and "Robur, the Conqueror")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Robur
Charles Bronson ... John Strock
Henry Hull ... Prudent
Mary Webster ... Dorothy Prudent
David Frankham ... Phillip Evans
Richard Harrison ... Alistair
Vito Scotti ... Topage (as Vitto Scotti)
Wally Campo ... Turner
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The world in the late 19th century: A scientist and his team are held as "guests" of Robur on his airship, that he want to use to ensure peace on earth. Peace with all, even if he has to bombard military targets all over the world. Can the scientist stop him ? Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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The fabulous adventures of the man who conquered the earth to save it!

Genres:

Adventure | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Trivia

Screenwriter Richard Matheson has said in interviews that he thought Charles Bronson was badly miscast. See more »

Goofs

When Price comes to Bronson's bunk to discuss his joining with him, his hand rests on the railing next to Bronson's, but his hand cannot be seen when the shot switches to Bronson laying down. See more »

Quotes

Robur: I admire you, Mr. Strock. You do what you feel you must do without caring whether you alienate anyone or whether they understand you or not. That is my way. That is the only way for a man of dedication. I know that you would like to stop me, sir. For that reason, my impulse is to have you destroyed. My desire on the other hand is to have you join me.
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Crazy Credits

Unusually for an early 1960s American film, the opening credits do not list the director, writers, or major technical staff; only the top-billed actors are credited, followed by the title, after which the film begins. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Warner Home Video version runs 95 minutes and has no prologue sequence. The Orion Home Video version runs 99 minutes with the sequence. The laser disc version also includes the original exit music which brings the running time to 104 minutes. See more »


Soundtracks

Master of the World
Music by Les Baxter
Lyrics by Lenny Adelson (as Lenny Addelson)
Sung by Darryl Stevens
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Charming..and Fun.
2 January 2003 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

This is a fun movie to watch, full of charm and thinking characters in entertaining action, debate and introspection. With Vincent Price in the lead as Robur(who has declared war on warfare with his flying machine the Albatross) and Charles Bronson as his unlikely heroic nemesis Strock(almost an early era anti-hero), how can one not be intrigued? But also there's grand adventure, costumes and an 18th Century setting to boot. Also the main theme of the need to end warfare remains a very strong one and the film never loses sight of this. Just great stuff to watch.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jules Verne's Master of the World See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (including prologue)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (StereoSonic Sound) (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Magnacolor) (uncredited)| Black and White (archive material)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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