Toto in the Moon

Totò nella luna (internationally released as Toto in the Moon) is a 1958 Italian comedy science fiction film written and directed by Steno.[1][2] The script was co-written by Lucio Fulci. The film starred Sylva Koscina, fresh from her appearance in the 1958 blockbuster Hercules.

Totò nella luna
Directed bySteno
Produced byMario Cecchi Gori
Written bySteno
Lucio Fulci
Ettore Scola
Sandro Continenza
Sylva Koscina
Ugo Tognazzi
Music byAlessandro Derevitsky
CinematographyMarco Scarpelli
Edited byGiuliana Martelli
Distributed byCecchi Gori Group
Release date
Running time
95 min


Achilles Paoloni, employed by Soubrette, a small publishing house of the knight Pasquale Belafronte, writes a science fiction novel that he hopes in vain to publish with the help of the hostile knight.

U.S. scientists are aware that Achilles has a substance in the blood suitable for spaceflight, the glumonio, inheritance of the unusual breast milk-based monkey when he was newborn. When two FBI agents are sent to the office to propose a space mission to Achilles, he thinks they are representatives interested in publishing his novel overseas. The cavalier Pasquale, aware of it, goes back on years of insults and hostility to the poor Achilles and does everything to publish the novel at his own expense, even agreeing to the marriage between the young man and his daughter Lydia. Soon, however, he realizes that it was a mistake: the U.S. does not want to launch the rocket in space at all (the title of the novel by Achilles), but the young man himself, however, also disputed by a mysterious foreign power guided by the interplanetary scientist German Von Braut and the beautiful spy Tatiana.

The planes of the two rival powers are hampered by strange aliens (the Annelids) that send down two "cosoni", identical copies of Pasquale and Achilles, in order for them to be shipped on the moon (a parody of Invasion of the Body Snatchers), this is to prevent the conquest of space most humans affect the peaceful balance between peoples aliens. Comic situations and various misunderstandings cause the true Paschal and "cosone" Achilles are found together on the moon. Pasquale will adapt to living in space only when extraterrestrials will transform the clone of Achilles into a beautiful girl.



  1. Alberto Anile. I film di Totò (1946-1967): la maschera tradita. Le mani, 1998.
  2. Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano - I film. Gremese Editore, 1991. p. 370.

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