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World Without End (1956) Poster

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Writer/director Edward Bernds first sought Sterling Hayden and then Frank Lovejoy for the lead. Producer Richard V. Heermance eventually hired Hugh Marlowe, who asked for only a quarter of the other actors' salaries. According to Bernds, Marlowe was often lazy and unprepared.
Although the films had nothing in common except time travel, the H.G. Wells estate sued the producers for plagiarism, citing similarities to Wells' novel "The Time Machine". Ironically, the producers of the film made from that story, The Time Machine (1960), used Rod Taylor, who starred in this film.
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This film was produced directly by Allied Artists (formerly Monogram Pictures). It was made in hopes of shedding Monogram's "poverty row" image. It was given a larger budget, shot in color and CinemaScope and ran a full reel longer than their usual 60- to 70-minute running time common to "B" pictures. Allied Artists was able to book it under percentage contracts rather than flat rates.
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Writer/director Edward Bernds disagreed with first-time producer Richard V. Heermance's budget-saving practices, especially the economically filmed final scene.
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Writer/director Edward Bernds reused the motorized spiders in Queen of Outer Space (1958) and Valley of the Dragons (1961).
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According to writer/director Edward Bernds, cost-conscious producer Richard V. Heermance wanted to do a science-fiction film in order to take advantage of some stock footage from Monogram's Flight to Mars (1951), which Bernds said could have been re-shot for a few thousand dollars and would have looked far more authentic than the stock footage.
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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.
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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."
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Writer/director Edward Bernds claims he invented the word "mutate" in this picture although, he admits that "mutant" has become much more popular.
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Released on a double bill with Indestructible Man (1956).
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This movie is a thinly veiled representation of the Cold War in general and the Korean conflict in particular which had just ended three years prior to the movie's release. Some of the comparisons include:

The astronauts represent the United States and the US military in particular. Although they are primarily scientists, explorers, and engineers, they are also right wing conservative war hawks who dress in army/military style uniforms and carry weapons as opposed to having uniforms and equipment designed to assist in space travel and exploration.

Moires represents the weak, liberal, leftist "Pinko" who through deceit and propaganda spreads the fear that the astronauts are only interested in taking over and enslaving them and thereby endangers his own people because of his cowardice and unwillingness to fight.

The ugly mutates represent the spread of Communism, as Deena says only the ugly mutates fight and are the masters who are in charge and make slaves of their own people.

The leader of the mutates represents all Communist leaders since it's said that he is selected as leader by killing all of his rivals, ala Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong, and that he only stays in power until the new leader kills him. Both Stalin and Mao stayed in power until their death.

The astronauts say they are there to help the people and that the people need to manufacture and have weapons so as to secure food, water, and building materials so they can establish their own autonomous outside land area and then encircle their land so as to ensure the survival of their people and future generations. Echoing why Americans claimed they were in and what they wanted for Korea and later the people of Vietnam.

Once the mutate leader is killed and the other mutates (Communists) are driven out, the remaining "normal" children are then indoctrinated in the "American" English language, culture, and customs.

The astronauts final grand solution to the mutate problem faced by the people is for the people to arm themselves, face the mutates with greater violence, and ultimately go to war with them. This is the best and most effective solution to the mutate problem the astronauts present to the people, and the "only way" to ensure peace and the continuation of their better way of life.
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The American astronauts form and interplanetary NRA and get all 'right' thinking people mutants and spiders to join
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The film takes place in March 1957 and 2508.
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Renowned illustrator Reynold Brown did the poster art.
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