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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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Sir Isaac Newton
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Release Date:

8 November 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La historia de la humanidad  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Peter Lorre only has 2 lines. See more »


Sir Isaac Newton published his famous paper outlining the law of gravity in 1666, but in the sequence in which Harpo Marx plays Newton he performs on the harp Stephen Foster's song "Beautiful Dreamer," written in 1864 -- almost two centuries later. See more »


Peter Minuit: Now, this is my final offer, 24 dollars and not a penny more.
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Peter Minuit: So, you think you're being robbed, eh? Be glad its not 300 years later. You might have been wiped out in the stock market. Now, is it a deal or isn't it?
Indian Chief: Robbery!
Peter Minuit: That's quite true, but, eh, is it a deal or isn't it?
Indian Chief: Deal.
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A comedy? A Drama? It's a dog, But it's like car wreck. You can't take your eyes off it!
17 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film on a late, late show on television a long time ago (pre-cable, if you van believe that!) It was impossible to follow the plot. Was there one? The fun is in spotting the famous actors doing bits.

Groucho, Chico, Harpo. The best reason to watch any movie. Together, they would have been more of a hoot!

Irwin Allen loves these all-star studded set pieces but believe me, The Towering Inferno was "toweringly" better!

Most didn't make sense and most seem disjointed, but if it comes on late night again, I'll be there! Can't take my eyes off it!

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