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Five (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 25 April 1951 (USA)
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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Storyline

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 X-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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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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25 April 1951 (USA)  »

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$75,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Charles' soliloquy is taken from the poem "The Creation" by noted African-American professor and diplomat James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938). It is part of his work "God's Trombones" published in 1927. See more »

Goofs

When Michael and Eric are arguing about what to do next after Michael suggests looking for more people and uniting them Eric puts his own name in a statement that was clearly about a feat the Michael had performed. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Roseanne Rogers: I want to help you.
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Featured in Great Balls of Fire! (1989) See more »

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Great film. Saw in l951.
3 March 1999 | by (Poughkeepsie, NY) – See all my reviews

I have been searching for a copy of this film on video for ten years. Like others who have commented, it has haunted me since seeing it as a l7 year old when it was originally released. In recent years I learned that the set was Oboler's own home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. I would be quite interested to see it as newly built compared to some recent color photos of the structure available in various FLW collections.


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