Abbott and Costello Go to Mars

1953

Charles Lamont
Director
Universal Pictures
Studio

College professor Peck gets drawn into complicated intrigues and assassinations revolving around an unnamed Middle Eastern country.

Enjoyable enough comedy thriller is an OK way to pass the time, but the plot is both underdeveloped and needlessly complicated, accompanied by some awfully risible dialogue. Some of it is actually breathtakingly narmy (Kieron Moore's beatnik Arab, Peck bullfighting traffic on the M1, etc.) It also would have been nice if anyone involved had any knowledge of either Middle Eastern culture or Egyptology, neither of which are evident in the finished product. There are some nice set-pieces, especially the Ascot chase, and Christopher Challis' cinematography is excellent, but a lot of the visual flourishes seem to have been inserted mainly to obscure how half-baked the whole thing is. Certainly no classic. Go watch Charade instead - it's basically the same film, only with Donen putting effort in to earn his paycheck.

-Dave W.



6th April 1953
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Bud Abbott
Lester
Lou Costello
Orville
Mari Blanchard
Allura
Robert Paige
Dr. Wilson
Horace McMahon
Mugsy
Martha Hyer
Janie Howe
Jack Kruschen
Harry
Joe Kirk
Dr. Orvilla
Jean Willes
Capt. Olivia
Anita Ekberg
Venusian Guard
James Flavin
First Policeman in Bank
Jackie Loughery
Venusian Guard (Miss U.S.A.)
Ruth Hampton
Handmaiden (Miss New Jersey) (as Ruth June Hampton)
Valerie Jackson
Handmaiden (Miss Montana)
Valerie Jackson
Handmaiden (Miss Montana)
Renate Hoy
Handmaiden (Miss Germany) (as Renate Huy)
Renate Hoy
Handmaiden (Miss Germany) (as Renate Huy)
Jeanne Thompson
Handmaiden (Miss Louisiana)
Jeanne Thompson
Handmaiden (Miss Louisiana)
Jeri Miller
Venusian Guard (Miss Welcome to Long Beach)
Jeri Miller
Venusian Guard (Miss Welcome to Long Beach)
Judy Hatula
Guard (Miss Michigan)
Judy Hatula
Guard (Miss Michigan)
Elsa Edsman
Handmaiden (Miss Hawaii) (as Elza Edsman)
Elsa Edsman
Handmaiden (Miss Hawaii) (as Elza Edsman)
Bobby Barber
Bit Role (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone
Bit Role (uncredited)
Milt Bronson
Announcer (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks
Bank Employee (uncredited)
Ken Christy
Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Juanita Close
Bit Role (uncredited)
Russ Conway
Second Policeman at Bank (uncredited)
Barry Curtis
Boy (uncredited)
Harold DeGarro
Tall Cop (uncredited)
Dudley Dickerson
Bank Janitor (uncredited)
Lester Dorr
Customer (uncredited)
Jane Easton
Javelin Thrower (uncredited)
Hal Forrest
Dr. Nedring (uncredited)
Ed Fury
Perfect Man / King of Venus (uncredited)
James Gonzalez
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin
Dr. Coleman (uncredited)
Dick Gordon
Banker (uncredited)
Tim Graham
Mr. Lucas, Bank Cashier (uncredited)
Douglas Henderson
Announcer (uncredited)
Donald Kerr
Bank Employee (uncredited)
Harry Lang
French Waiter (uncredited)
Rex Lease
Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Scott Lee
Policeman #1 (uncredited)
Grace Lenard
French Girl in Restaurant (uncredited)
Hank Mann
Clothing Store Clerk (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe
Bartender (uncredited)
Saul Martell
Jules (uncredited)
Patti McKay
Venusian Guard (uncredited)
William Newell
Drunk (uncredited)
Paul Newlan
Traffic Cop (uncredited)
Helen Noyes
Miss Frances Planey
Helen Noyes
Miss Frances Planey
Gloria Pall
Tall Girl in New York (uncredited)
Gregg Palmer
Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Syd Saylor
Man at Fountain (uncredited)
Cora Shannon
Bit Role (uncredited)
Harry Shearer
Boy (uncredited)
Jack Shutta
Grogan, Bank Guard (uncredited)
Carl Sklover
Bit Role (uncredited)
Ray Spiker
Groggin (uncredited)
Robert Stevenson
Observer (uncredited)
Helen Strohm
Girl (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan
Policeman (uncredited)
Jack Tesler
Dr. Holtz (uncredited)
Ricki Van Dusen
Girl (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel
Policeman #2 (uncredited)
Stanley Waxman
Second Announcer (uncredited)
Sally Yarnell
Bit Role (uncredited)
Betty Yeaton
Contortionist (uncredited)