The world is destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Only five Americans survive, including a pregnant woman, a neo-Nazi, a black man and a bank clerk.

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William Phipps ...
Michael
Susan Douglas Rubes ...
Roseanne Rogers (as Susan Douglas)
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Eric
Charles Lampkin ...
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Earl Lee ...
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Five people are miraculously spared when the fall-out from a super-atomic bomb eventually kills all of the rest of humanity on earth. They are Roseanne Rogers, a pregnant woman who was in an ex-ray room; Michael, a sensitive young poet and philosopher; Charles, a black man; Mr. Barnstaple, a banker; and Eric, a cosmopolitan Alpinist who was saved from the radio-active dust because he was climbing Mt. Everest at the time of the explosion and fall-out. Eventually, they all wind up in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house on a California mountaintop. There is a lot of symbolism, especially with the mountain climber, who represents decadent and alien fascism and the banker who brings greed and arrogance to this new Eden on Earth. Soon, only two are left. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Four men and one woman are the last five people on Earth...This is their story!

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25 April 1951 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The character of Eric, the bigoted quasi-Nazi, was a good warm-up for actor James Anderson, who would take on his most famous movie role, the monstrous Robert E. Lee Ewell, so memorably in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) more than a decade later. See more »

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When looking at the soap box powder in the store, the name of the soap is "Atomic Suds" but when the box is tilted by the actor you can clearly see the box top reads "Tide". See more »

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[last lines]
Roseanne Rogers: I want to help you.
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Way ahead of its time.
3 September 2005 | by (Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when it was first released in 1951. As a 13-year-old kid, it was a scary experience, convincing me that nuclear war was inevitable and we'd all be blown to hell. The gradual introduction of characters, survivors of a full-blown holocaust, eventually gather to try and make sense of their of circumstances and begin anew. If I recall, the baby, born of the pregnant survivor, named her girl Virginia Dare, after the first child born in the New World. Nice touch. The film is better than expected and little did we know that the threat of "weapons of mass destruction" was not science fiction. Although several films in this same vein have been made since 1951, this original macabre thriller ranks right up there with the best.


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