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The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)

A miner trapped in a cave-in resurfaces, and upon discovering mankind has been wiped out in a nuclear holocaust, sets out to find other survivors.

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Ralph Burton is a miner who is trapped for several days as a result of a cave-in. When he finally manages to dig himself out, he realizes that all of mankind seems to have been destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. He travels to New York City only to find it deserted. Making a life for himself there, he is flabbergasted to eventually find Sarah Crandall, who also managed to survive. Together, they form a close friendship until the arrival of Benson Thacker who has managed to pilot his small boat into the city's harbor. At this point the tensions rise between the three, particularly between Thacker, who is white and Burton, who is black. Written by garykmcd

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Two news reels are shown while the three survivors watch. The first is "Faulty Wire Trips the Vanguard" (1958) with commentary by Michael Fitzmaurice, an actual newsreel though only 25 seconds (from 0:30 to 0:55) of the one minute, three second reel is shown in the movie.The second is "World Lovelies Take Ferris Ride" (1959) commentary by Peter Roberts (both are from News of the Day) showing candidates for the Miss Universe contest at Palisades Park in New Jersey. The copyright date of the second film is unreadable and appears to have been made out of focus on purpose. See more »

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Ralph throws the mannequin from his apartment and its leg is at least three feet from the curb. But, when he gets down to the street, the mannequin's foot is on the curb. See more »

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Benson Thacker: I have nothing against negroes, Ralph.
Ralph Burton: That's white of you.
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Crazy Credits

As the films final credits cuts-in, the film states "The Beginning" rather than "The End". See more »

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Edited into Out of this World Super Shock Show (2007) See more »

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GOTTA TRAVEL ON
Written by Paul Clayton, Larry Ehrlich, David Lazar, and Tom Six
Sung by Harry Belafonte
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the first time i watched the world end
17 December 2005 | by (Rain City, Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

When I was in the 3rd grade I stayed home from school one day sick with the flu and watched this on a local TV station and some scenes from it have stuck with me ever since; I will never forget the sight of Harry Belafonte eating dinner with Inger Stevens and then cleaning up by casually throwing the entire contents of the dinner table out the high rise apartment window and calculating that it would be YEARS before the pile of smashed crockery reached his window; who can explain the eerie fascination of empty cities? This film is one of the first to successfully pull off the effect, setting the standard for what followed: The Omega Man, The Day of The Triffids, 28 Days later and especially The Quiet Earth.


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