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The Story of Mankind (1957)

The devil and the spirit of mankind argue as to whether or not humanity is ultimately good or evil.

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The council of elders of outer space is deliberating on a very important subject: Must mankind be allowed to survive, or is it so esentially evil that it must be destroyed? A devil and an angel act as prosecutor and defense for the human race, and the movie presents in a very interesting way a series of episodes of the human history. What will be the final veredict? Innocent, or Guilty? Written by Jose Beltran-Escavy <pepe@prince.pe.u-tokyo.ac.jp>

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8 November 1957 (USA)  »

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A História da Humanidade  »

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Groucho Marx (as Peter Minuit) talks to the Indian Chief who wants to "go west" and jokes about how dangerous that is. "Go West" was the name of one of the Marx Brothers movies. See more »

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The Devil: I like bloodshed. But, when it comes to revolution, man hasn't always been as moderate as he was in North America. Take France, 13 years later, nobody would've dreamed the country was bankrupt, the courtiers giggled and made love.
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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #8.8 (1957) See more »

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A Classic Turkey
16 April 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Unlike most people, I really enjoyed this film. Not only was it unintentionally funny, but it had all the elements that would later be associated with many of Irwin Allen's latter works (stock footage and an all-star cast). Vincent Price is at his sinister best playing Mr. Scratch, the devil, and Ronald Colman is wonderful as the spirit of mankind. Too bad this film isn't on video or DVD because it truly is a cult classic that is an acquired taste.


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