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Master of the World (1961)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | May 1961 (USA)
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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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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!

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

In the original story the craft could fly, travel on land like an automobile, float like a ship, and go under the water like a submarine. See more »

Goofs

At a distance, the American sailing ship they attack clearly has no gun ports from which to fire cannons, nor is the sailing ship ever in a position to be able to fire at the airship. 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

Closing credits: "I take my dream with me. But it will not be lost to humanity. It will belong to you the day the world is educated enough to profit by it and wise enough not to abuse it" From Jules Verne's MASTER OF THE WORLD 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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Uneven but enjoyable
11 September 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I saw Master of the World mainly because of Vincent Price who is one of my favourite actors. It is far from perfect, but is fun and deserves better credit. The effects are not great where you can tell that they are low-budget, while the stock footage of other costume epics looks rather clumsy, the Globe theatre suddenly appearing in Victorian London also happens to be anachronistic. And Vito Scotti overacts to the verge of embarrassment. However, the costume and set designs are nice to look at and Master of the World is at least well photographed. The music score manages to be both rousing and bombastic, the script while talky is intelligent and humorous and the story is fun. Charles Bronson has been better but he is at least appealing, while Henry Hull is amusing. Stealing the film though is none other than Vincent Price, who commands every frame with his ever effortless suavity and panache, and he is also deliciously sinister when needed. All in all, an enjoyable film with a great Price but at the same time it could have been more. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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Official Sites:

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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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Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Runtime:

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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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