director Doris Wishman, Raymond Phelan
Nude on the Moon was my introduction to cult film-maker Doris Wishman. I picked it up at San Francisco’s famed Le Video in the early 1990’s, in my first exposure to their wondrous “Cult” film section, VHS tapes of movies I’d only ever read about, so many titles to linger over and waste time trying to make a decision. Nude on the Moon didn’t disappoint!
And then again, it did.
The nudist films are of course very tame by even the standards of the early 1990’s (probably for that matter the late 1960’s), and there isn’t really a whole lot going on in the films. Lots of nude swimming and volleyball, but that doesn’t really hold one’s interest for too long. And in this case “Nude” is a bit of an over-sell. The ladies are only topless.
Of course what makes this film great is the utter absurdity of its entire concept. Two rocket scientists bypass the government with private money to build the first rocketship to the Moon. And what do they find there? A nudist colony, of course. The residents all have antennae. And the film features the somewhat glorious song, “I’m Mooning Over You (My Little Moon Doll)” sung by Ralph Young, which according to Wikipedia was written by Wishman’s niece.
This was the third and final film in my little “solar system” film fest. It was getting late.