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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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Ambitious but derivative science fiction. 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:
Just four years later, one of this film's stars, Rod Taylor, would star in George Pal's The Time Machine (1960). Based on the novel by H.G. Wells, this film would be Rod's second foray through time in his career.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When John Borden (Hugh Marlowe) challenges the mutate leader Naga to hand to hand combat, he mistakenly call his partner Herbert Ellis (Rod Taylor) Hank.See more »
Quotes:
Timmek, President of the Council:Armageddon. The slaughter of humanity. An atomic war no one wanted, but which no one had the wisdom to avoid.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Flight to Mars (1951)See more »

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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Ambitious but derivative science fiction., 30 December 2002

This fairly ambitious science fiction from minor studio Allied Artists used to be one of my favorite science fiction films when I was kid. This is an another one of those films I first saw on TV as kid and still recall with fondness and enjoy re-watching on video every now and then.The story of accidental time travel via space ship appealed to me. Although the idea of time travel was novel to films when it was first released in 1956, the story is obviously derived from the HG Wells novel "The Time Machine." The fact that the time travel is accidental instead of deliberate via a time machine, the mutants live above ground instead of below it and the normal people live underground instead on the surface didn't fool me when I was ten years when I first saw this film on TV.(I had already seen the George Pal version of THE TIME MACHINE and read the "Classics Illustrated" version of the novel.) Neither did it fool the estate of HG Wells, who filed a plagiarism suit against Allied Artists when this film was first released. I have never discovered the result of this suit however. Its somewhat ironic that both this plagiarized version of "The Time Machine" and George Pal's authorized version made a few years later, both star Rod Taylor.

While WORLD WITHOUT END is fairly entertaining film, it can not be considered one the great classic science fiction films from the 1950's. The film moves along a good pace, until director/writer Edward Bernds slows the story down and clutters up the film with scenes of "court intrigue." The names given to some of the characters shows some imagination. I thought the scenes of the rocket crashing in the snow, although obvious, looked attractive. Emile LaVinge's make up for the mutants is imaginative; no two mutants seems to have the same deformity. The Vargas designed costumes on the women are sexy. However, the mens costumes with the skull caps smacks of Flash Gorden in worst way. The giant spiders, to say the least are unconvincing. They are a gaudy blue and red color and look like pillows.

Despite the films faults, one should give credit to minor league studio Allied Artists, whom most of their previous science fiction films (and most those that came later) were low budget black and white quickies designed to fill the bottom half of a double bill, attempt to make something that would compete with the bigger budgeted science fiction movies being made by the big studios. The fact that they allowed for the added expense of shooting this film in Technicolor and Cinema Scope confirms this. Although not entirely successful, one could say that WORLD WITHOUT END was a nice try from a low rent studio.

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