Starring Lionel Jeffries, Edward Judd, and Martha Hyer, American film-maker Nathan H. Juran's First Men in the Moon is a mildly amusing adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel, featuring likeable performances and charming production design and effects.
"H.G. Wells’ fantastic account of life on the moon is vividly brought to the screen by special effects master Ray Harryhausen in this amazing sci-fi epic featuring extraterrestrial creatures. The film begins with a team of United Nations astronauts planning an upcoming moon mission. The astronauts are both confused and intrigued by a man (Edward Judd) who claims he, his fiancée and a scientist journeyed to the moon 65 years ago and were attacked by "Selenites," grotesque, human-like ant forms that live in immense crystal caverns. Now it’s up to the U.N. team to attempt a lunar landing that could be more horrifying than ever believed possible." Sony Pictures