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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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Screenwriter Arthur C. Pierce appears briefly as one of the mutants escaping from the jail cell in the underground citadel. 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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Secretary Lloyd Patterson: Gentlemen, we've got a lot to think about.
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Dim, cheapo science fiction.
24 February 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews



Britain's short lived magazine "Movie" pronounced BEYOND the TIME BARRIER "a little miracle." The film, made in the Texas State Show ground, back to back with The AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN, has all the features of the cheesiest of fifties B features -obvious stock shots, tacky effects, walk-ons recruited from the crew (I was advised "Any one who said 'union' in Texas was a Communist and they shot him") with a plot cobbled together from Buck Rogers and "The Time Machine." Where then does this ringing endorsement come from? In the fifties, it had been decided that the film's director was a genuine auteur. Edgar G(orge) Ulmer has one of the most curious filmographies of all, starting in the art department of the Expressionist classics of the German silent Cinema, he worked with Murnau in Berlin and Hollywood. After Murnau's scandalous death, Ulmer was,we were told, the only person game to show up at his funeral and the master's mantle settled on his shoulders, getting him direction of The BLACK CAT from the tail end of the big budget Universal horrors. However, after refusing to be loaned out to the Shirley Temple unit, he spend the decade knocking out Race Pictures on Poverty Row and did Z films with the Producers Releasing Corporation, among which we note DETOUR and BLUEBEARD. Flirting with more ambitious productions proved unproductive and Ulmer returned to fringe activity including a nudie movie. Ulmer had already done the presentable MAN from PLANET X with Robert Clarke who was attempting to forge a career as a leading man in what would come to be called Psychotronic Cinema and they worked with a crew of specialists in this area among who the great Vladimir Sokaloff (Loves of Jeanne Ney, Mayerling, Life of Emile Zola and For Whom the Bell Tolls) found himself playing a futuristic overlord. Also on hand was master design Ernst Fegté, one of the few talents embedded in Hans Dreier's art department to make his presence visible in vintage Paramount productions. Fegté got an Oscar for 5 GRAVES to CAIRO. His décors, made up of modular triangular blocks, provide Beyond TIME BARRIER with a visual aspect not normal in these barrel scrapers - white overalled scientists among the tapering pillars. Plot has pilot Clarke shot into the upper atmosphere in the latest supersonic airplane - "What we learn from the flight will pretty much determine our next step in space." Occasionally the cut pricing pays as with our hero, in his flying suit, wandering the derelict airport rendered eerie by the lack of natural sound - who came up with the smashed piano?


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