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Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)

 |  Romance, Sci-Fi  |  July 1960 (USA)
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In 1960, a military test pilot is caught in a time warp that propels him to year 2024 where he finds a plague has sterilized the world's population.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Clarke ...
Maj. William Allison
Arianne Ulmer ...
Capt. Markova (as Arianne Arden)
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
The Supreme
Stephen Bekassy ...
Gen. Karl Kruse
John Van Dreelen ...
Dr. Bourman
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ...
Captain
Ken Knox ...
Col. Marty Martin
Don Flournoy ...
Mutant
Tom Ravick ...
Mutant
Neil Fletcher ...
Air Force Chief
Jack Herman ...
Dr. Richman
William Shephard ...
Gen. York (as William Shapard)
James 'Ike' Altgens ...
Secretary Lloyd Patterson (as James Altgens)
John Loughney ...
Gen. Lamont
Russ Marker ...
Col. Curtis (as Russell Marker)
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Experimental pilot testing a new rocket powered craft (actually a Convair F-102 interceptor) manages to fly into the future and land at the now deserted airbase he left. He ends up in a city with people who are suspicious he is a spy and who want to keep him to procreate with the rulers daughter because the majority of the inhabitants are sterile. He manages to escape and return to his own time but "with consequences". Written by Jamie Bone

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$125,000 (estimated)
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This film and another Robert Clarke / Edgar G. Ulmer production, The Amazing Transparent Man (1960), which was shot at the same time and in the same location, were originally to be distributed by a company called Pacific International. Shortly after the films were completed, Pacific International went bankrupt, and producer Clarke lost all the money he had put into it. The films were put up for auction by the film lab that processed them in order to recoup its costs. Both films were bought by American-International Pictures for a fraction of their cost, and upon release they made the company quite a bit of money. Except for his salary as an actor for two weeks' work, Clarke never saw a dime from the films. See more »

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When Col. Martin orders the Sergeant to post a guard outside the operating room, the Sergeant salutes. The Colonel is "covered" (wearing a hat); the Sergeant is not. Military protocol specifies hats are not worn indoors and salutes are not rendered indoors nor when "uncovered." See more »

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Maj. William Allison: Sterile?
Dr. Bourman: Yes, they are a dying race. There hasn't been a new birth on this citadel in the last twenty years.
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Futuristic cities and short skirts. What a movie!
30 October 2001 | by (Fayetteville, GA) – See all my reviews

From Edgar G. Ulmer (director of `The Man from Planet X' and `The Amazing Transparent Man') comes this likable little sc-fi tale. A test pilot (Robert Clark) is catapulted into the future by a freak phenomenon, where a post World War III society lives in futuristic cities that protect them from the lingering radiation. However, the populace is having fertility problems, and the head of the government (Vladimir Sokoloff) hopes that his daughter (gorgeous Darlene Thompkins) and Clark will get together.

The costumes will meet with male approval; the women all wear short dresses and high heels (if you like it, guys, check out `World Without End').

Okay, back to the plot: a group of dissidents conspire to take over the government by releasing a horde of imprisoned mutants. They do, and the first thing the mutants do is attack all the women. Girls, be forewarned: if you dress provocatively, you'll suffer the consequences, especially if imprisoned mutants get loose.

Hats off to Ulmer for efficiency: he filmed this enjoyable effort in a matter of weeks, and he saved money on sets by using an exhibit of futuristic art-and-design at the 1959 Texas State Fair in Dallas. The interior architecture is appealing, despite being relatively simple. The doors, walls, and pillars are all based on triangles and pyramids. Don't' expect any elaborate special effects, but the film does manage to invoke a pleasant Buck Rogers feeling.

Unfortunately, I've never seen this movie shown on local or cable TV, and it doesn't seem to be avail on VHS or DVD. Dedicated sci-fi fans will have to work to get a peek at this lost gem. But it's worth the effort if you're a 1950s sci-fi fan.


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