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Arch Oboler (story)
James Weldon Johnson (dialogue) (poem)
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Release Date:
25 April 1951 (USA) See more »
Four men and one woman are the last five people on Earth...This is their story!
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Way ahead of its time. See more (42 total) »


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William Phipps ... Michael

Susan Douglas Rubes ... Roseanne Rogers (as Susan Douglas)

James Anderson ... Eric
Charles Lampkin ... Charles
Earl Lee ... Mr. Barnstaple

Directed by
Arch Oboler 
Writing credits
Arch Oboler (story, screenplay and dialogue)

James Weldon Johnson (dialogue) (poem "Creation")

Produced by
Arch Oboler .... producer
Original Music by
Henry Russell 
William Lava (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Sid Lubow  (as Sidney Lubow)
Louis Clyde Stoumen 
Film Editing by
John Hoffman 
Ed Spiegel 
Arthur Swerdloff  (as Arthur L. Swerdloff)
Production Design by
Arch Oboler 
Sound Department
Gus Bayz .... special sound effects
William Jenkins Locy .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Clyde Stoumen .... cinematographic consultant
Music Department
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator
Henry Russell .... conductor
Betty Steinberg .... music editor
Other crew
Frank Lloyd Wright .... cliff house designer
Geraldine Klancke .... executive secretary (uncredited)

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  • Montage Films  photography, editing, and production assistance (as Montage Films, Inc.)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"5ive" - USA (poster title)
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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound)

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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 »
Continuity: Before they enter the Country store Eric is holding the door open for Roseanne but at the next cut Eric walks in first instead.See more »
[last lines]
Roseanne Rogers:I want to help you.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Great Balls of Fire! (1989)See more »


What is in the letter left behind for Michael?
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18 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Way ahead of its time., 3 September 2005
Author: david-1233 from Oregon, USA

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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