Master of the World (1961 film)

Master of the World (1961 film)
Master of the World

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Directed by William Witney
Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff
Anthony Carras
James H. Nicholson
Written by Richard Matheson
Based on the novels Robur the Conqueror and Master of the World by
Jules Verne
Starring Vincent Price
Charles Bronson
Henry Hull
Mary Webster
Richard Harrison
Music by Les Baxter
Editing by Anthony Carras
Distributed by American International
Release date(s) 1961
Running time 102 min / USA:99 min (including prologue)
Country USA
Language English

Master of the World is a 1961 science fiction film based upon the Jules Verne novels Robur the Conqueror and Master of the World. The movie stars Vincent Price, Charles Bronson, and Henry Hull, was written by Richard Matheson, and directed by William Witney.

The film was an attempt by American International Pictures to create a prestigious epic adventure along the lines of 1956's Around the World in 80 Days. While it boasted a larger cast and more location work than was then the norm for AIP, it still utilised stock footage, including the opening miniature shot of Elizabethan London from Laurence Olivier's Henry V as a stand-in for Victorian London, with the skyship Albatross superimposed over the top. Additional scenes of the Albatross destroying both sides in a naval engagement are created in the same manner, with stock footage borrowed from model shoots of Napoleonic sea battles. Vincent Price played the dangerously idealistic Captain Robur, who traveled the globe in his Albatross, in order to force peace on the world.

The script combined elements of both Jules Verne's novels, Master of the World, and Robur the Conqueror. Robur, genius, inventor and in this instance, creator of powered heavier than air craft Albatross, with his hand picked crew chooses to use weapons of war to force the governments of the world to lay down their arms and live in peace.


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