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Writer:
Edward Bernds (story)
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Release Date:
25 March 1956 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
CinemaScope's First Science-Fiction Thriller Hurls You into the Year 2508! See more »
Plot:
Astronauts returning from a voyage to mars are caught in a time warp and are propelled into a post-Apocalyptic Earth populated by mutants. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Very Enjoyable Low-Budget B/W Sci-Fi; Unusually Well-Considered See more (42 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Hugh Marlowe ... John Borden
Nancy Gates ... Garnet

Nelson Leigh ... Dr. Eldon Galbraithe

Rod Taylor ... Herbert Ellis
Shirley Patterson ... Elaine (as Shawn Smith)
Lisa Montell ... Deena
Christopher Dark ... Henry 'Hank' Jaffe
Booth Colman ... Mories
Everett Glass ... Timmek
Stanley Fraser ... Elda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Alpert ... Public Relations Officer (uncredited)
John Bleifer ... Jule (uncredited)

Paul Brinegar ... Vida (uncredited)
John Close ... Reporter (uncredited)
Walter Conrad ... Reporter (uncredited)
Hugh Corcoran ... Jaffe's Son (uncredited)
William Forman ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Michael Garth ... Military Officer (uncredited)
Mimi Gibson ... Ginny Jaffe (uncredited)
John Hiestand ... TV Newscaster (uncredited)
Nancy Howard ... Mrs. Jaffe (uncredited)
Don Kennedy ... Reporter (uncredited)
Rankin Mansfield ... Beryl (uncredited)

Strother Martin ... Nihka (uncredited)
Keith Richards ... Slave (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ... Naga (uncredited)
William Vedder ... James (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Bernds 
 
Writing credits
Edward Bernds (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Richard V. Heermance .... producer (as Richard Heermance)
Walter Mirisch .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Leith Stevens 
 
Cinematography by
Ellsworth Fredericks  (as Ellsworth Fredricks)
 
Film Editing by
Eda Warren 
 
Art Direction by
Dave Milton  (as David Milton)
 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish 
 
Makeup Department
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist: surface beasts
 
Production Management
Allen K. Wood .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Torpin .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Sam Gordon .... props (uncredited)
Ted Mossman .... props (uncredited)
James West .... construction (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ralph Butler .... sound recordist
Del Harris .... sound editor
S. Robert Quick .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Paul Schmutz .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Irving Block .... special effects
Jack Rabin .... special effects
Milt Rice .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Emmett Bergholz .... camera operator (uncredited)
Dick Johnson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry Lewis .... grip (uncredited)
Fred Morgan .... still photographer (uncredited)
Robert Wyckoff .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Neil Brunnenkant .... music editor
Leith Stevens .... conductor
 
Other crew
Kathleen Fagan .... continuity
Alberto Vargas .... set sketches
Hubie Kerns .... stand-in (uncredited)
Pete Kooy .... stand-in (uncredited)
Sam Peckinpah .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
80 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording) | Perspecta Stereo
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #17701) | USA:Unrated (video release) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
The title is derived from the modern Anglican version of a Catholic devotional doxology: "Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen."See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the early scenes of the spaceship in orbit around Mars, and then blasting away from the planet, there is a bright blue sky visible through the portholes at all times, instead of the blackness of outer space.See more »
Quotes:
Mories:Our women seem to have lagged behind in their evolution into reasonable creatures. They actually admire these reckless and brutal men.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Queen of Outer Space (1958)See more »

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34 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Very Enjoyable Low-Budget B/W Sci-Fi; Unusually Well-Considered, 23 June 2005
Author: silverscreen888

This is the perhaps the best script from a writer's point of view of any of the 1950s low-budget "B" sci-fi films. Galactic fiction being beyond the capacities of Hollywood writers' imaginations, the best they could do is "futuristics", stories of apocalyptic, invaded, poisoned or plagued Earth. Larger budgets made possible color features such as "War of the Worlds"; and "When Worlds Collide"; others with less backing made "Kronos", "Earth Versus the Flying Saucers" and this gem of the genre. Here four astronauts who return from a mission to Mars are caught in the usual 'time warp'; and so they return to find a devastated Earth of the future--atomic war being the destructive force. The astronauts are led by dependable leading man Hugh Marlowe; the others are young Rod Taylor, Christopher Dark and announcer--voiced nice guy Nelson Leigh. They become involved with The Council, led by Everett Glass and run afoul of fine actor Booth Colman as a man jealous of their potency as political leaders and their genetic potential to please the local female population. Others in the cast include fine character actors Paul Brinegar and Herb Vigran. Borrowing a page from Edgar Rice Burroughs' Opar tales, author and director of the film, Edward Bernds, has introduced beast men, impotent males and gorgeous women who seem seem almost to belong to a different race. The three lovelies are played by capable leading lady Nancy Gates, Lisa Montell and Shawn Smith. What sets this film apart is fine music by Leigh Harline, intelligent sets, enjoyably-revealing costumes for the ladies and its dialogue and interestingly-developed characters. The four astronauts learn about the new society of wrecked Earth, its problems and hopes, as we do, adding to the impact of the story. Dark has a good part as he mourns his lost family; the older Leigh enjoys his status as a sought-after-male and scientist, Taylor is stalwart and promising but battles his Australian accent. Marlowe makes everyone else look better as usual by his intelligence and ability to handle adventure-level dialogue. The action climax sets the four up to be the leaders of a new and perhaps better world, with the beast men at bay and affairs of the heart settled admirably-- and Dark in charge of the children who are the hope of a rebuilt Earth... I cannot recommend this exercise in clever low-budget sci-fi film-making too highly. This is an exciting and interesting narrative.

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