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Master of the World theatrical movie poster.

Movie (1961)

Starring:
Vincent Price (Robur)
Charles Bronson (John Strock)
Henry Hull (Prudent)
Mary Webster (Dorothy Prudent)
David Frankham (Phillip Evans)
Richard Harrison (Alistair)

Self-proclaimed "master of the world" Robur has invented a giant heavier-than-air airship called the Albatross, and uses it to kidnap stoic police inspector John Strock and balloonist and arms manufacturer Prudent as well as Prudent's daughter Dorothy. He reveals he intends to use the Albatross to force peace on all nations by forcing their militaries to capitulate or face his aerial bombardment.

Supermarine Swift

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight. Its inclusion (and the inclusion of the other then modern jets and even some of the 1920's-era experimental planes) is odd considering the movie's primary setting in the 1800's.

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North American F-86D Sabre Dog

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight.

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Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight.

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Boeing 707-121

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight.

General Dynamics/Convair SM-65E Atlas E ICBM

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight.

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Unidentified Aircraft

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight.

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Unidentified Aircraft

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight.

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Unidentified Aircraft

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight.

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Unidentified Aircraft

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight. Also seen in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Gerhardt Cycleplane

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight. It crashes on takeoff and collapses in on itself. Also seen in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Human Powered Flight / Ornithopter section).

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Unidentified Aircraft

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight. Essentially just a 1925 Morris convertible with wings attached. That, or it appears to be intended for use as a launching platform for a man wearing a glider. Also seen in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Unidentified Aircraft

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight.
Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft (Human Powered Flight / Ornithopter section).

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Taylor McDaniel inflatable rubber glider

Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft

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Etienne Oemichen N°7 Helicostat

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight.
Same aircraft seen in another movie at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Unidentified Aircraft

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight. Also seen in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Unidentified Aircraft

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight. Also seen in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Unidentified Aircraft

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight.
Same aircraft seen in another movie at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Douhéret Hélicoplane

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight. It spins around and topples over without even getting off of the ground, forcing the pilot to flee for their life.Set in 1922.
Same aircraft seen in another movie at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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Unidentified Aircraft

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight.

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Unidentified Aircraft

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight.

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Unidentified Aircraft

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight. An experimental rocket pack. Rather than propel the test pilot forwards, it instead explodes on his back. Some quick-thinking onlookers douse the flames using snow. Later, he tries again, and this time it does shoot him forwards, but so uncontrollably he careens head over heels and crashes.

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Voisin Archdeacon Hydroplane

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight. Hailed by the narrator as one of the first successful flight attempts, it appears to be getting towed by a boat.
Same aircraft seen in other movies - IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Trials made by Gabriel Voisin in june 1905 on the Seine river for Ernest Archdeacon.

Bonney Gull

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight. Another aircraft the narrator hails as a near success, it actually has (sort of) visible registration, but crashes shortly after takeoff.
Registration K1783, Crashed on its initial take-off 5/4/28, killing Leonard Warden Bonney, an experienced pilot who learned to fly with Orville Wright in 1910.

Reg.K1783 Bonney Gull.
Reg.K1783 Bonney Gull.
Reg.K1783 Bonney Gull.

Wright Flyer I

Seen during the opening narration's outlining of the history of flight. The first truly successful airplane design invented by the Wright Brothers. The Kitty Hawk's introduction segues into the film's title sequence.
Same aircraft seen in other movies - IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

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The Go-Ahead

An experimental two-propeller balloon (one in front and one in back) manufactured by Prudent, belonging to the Weldon Balloon Society of Philadelphia. It gets shot down by the Albatross and Strock's party captured by Robur. Represented by a scale model as well as a full sized set.

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The Albatross

The featured aircraft. Invented by Robur as his primary weapon, it is an electric-powered heavier-than-air zeppelin kept aloft by a variety of means. In addition to the obvious balloon portion it is pulled through the air by a huge front propeller and also has several rows of top-mounted propeller shafts. Described as "a ship of the air" in every sense with staterooms, cabins, kitchen and crew, its primary weapon is its bomb bay, from which Robur can bombard targets on the ground. It also has cannons. Weighing in at several tons, Robur boasts it would weigh more if its main parts weren't constructed by clay-impregnated paper squeezed in a hydraulic press. It is represented by a scale model and numerous full sized movie sets.
The Albatross is seen as a wooden toy in Les faucheurs de marguerites, Episode 4.

Robur's stateroom with a view out of the front of the ship.
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The wheelhouse.


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