Master Of The World
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In 1848, a fanatical inventor seeks to fly around the world and stop war from his flying airship (the "Albatross")...a cross between a zeppelin and a helicopter. Adapted from two Jules Verne novels-- "Master of the World" and "The Conqueror."
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explorers is shot down and taken prisoners aboard his airship "Albatross". There ... the prisoners are in awe of the ship's
capabilities and try, in unison, to find a way to disable and destroy it.
This movie is a bit bizarre (starting with an oft-used black & white documentary on flying machines), because it utilizes some of the poorest created special effects ever devised (at one point the matte painting of a distant volcano looks more like a drawing!). To suggest they were pitiful is an understatement. The sets didn't fare any better. This is one of the sloppiest looking pictures ever consigned to film. The score was also on the awkward side of things, striking up circus music during heightened drama! It was definitely working at cross-purposes throughout. The acting was a patchwork of conflicting styles. Henry Hull and David Frankham were obviously both on the same page (broadly theatrical in the worse sense). Charles Bronson was so matter of fact that at times he seemed comatose (if it wasn't for occasional movement on his part I would have thought him a piece of waxwork). Mary Webster barely registered as the token female on this air trip. At least there was Vito Scotti's comic relief and the incomparable Vincent Price giving a very measured performance that was at times quite touching. Luckily, the story was entertaining enough to satisfy multiple viewings. It's a pity the production didn't provide the showcase Price deserves and usually got. Even so, I still enjoyed watching it, and more importantly, having it in my collection of Vincent Price movies.