The Time Travelers (1964)

 |  Sci-Fi  |  29 October 1964 (USA)
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In 1964, a group of scientists create a portal that takes them to a barren, mutant inhabited, Earth in the year 2071.



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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Erik von Steiner
Steve Connors
Merry Anders ...
Carol White
Councilman Willard
Delores Wells ...
Danny McKee
Berry Kroeger ...
Gloria Leslie ...
Molly Glessing ...
Peter Strudwick ...
The Mutant
J. Edward McKinley ...
Margaret Seldeen ...
Miss Hollister
Forrest J. Ackerman ...
Square-frame technician


In 1964, a team of scientists are trying to develop a view screen into the future. What they in fact get is a portal and they soon find themselves on the other side, 127 years into the future when the portal collapses. The Earth of the future is barren and they are soon attacked by mutated humans but rescued by a group of scientists who are building a spaceship to take them to a new planet. They learn that much of Earth was destroyed as the result of a nuclear war. When it's determined that the visitors from the past cannot be included in the planned voyage, they work furiously to rebuild the portal and return to their own time before departure day. Meanwhile, always under the threat of attack from the mutants , friendships are formed and they learn of life in the future including the use of robots for menial tasks. Written by garykmcd

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29 October 1964 (USA)  »

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$250,000 (estimated)

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Peter Strudwick personally contacted Ib Melchior about possibly playing the role of a monster in this film. After visiting Melchior at his house, Melchior wrote the part of The Mutant for Strudwick to specifically portray. See more »


When the four 1960 earthlings return to their lab to find themselves frozen in time, the supposedly frozen Steve Franken blinks his left eye. See more »


Dr. Varno: An hour ago we were in my laboratory on our Earth, and now...
Dr. Varno: You are still on your own world, Dr. von Steiner - Earth. The year is 2071, and our world is dying.
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Has its moments
1 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An aged and out of shape Preston Foster leads a small group of scientists through a time portal into a future where nuclear war has decimated the Earth and the few humans left are holed up in a mountain stronghold. Outside, hostile mutants roam the arid wasteland. The concept is fine, and the acting passable, but the cardboard sets are from hunger. Irwin Allen, never one to pass up an opportunity, stole the basic elements of this Ib Melchior movie for his "Time Tunnel" TV show. It also appears to have strongly influenced certain "Star Trek" episodes. The main reason to watch this moldy oldie is to see the lovely Merry Anders wearing skintight jumpsuits and also doing a nude shower scene. Several other undressed and semi-dressed Hollywood starlets are in the shower scene with her. Shot in color, which is a good thing, and a pretty decent musical score helps a lot. Worth a look for what passed for a sci-fi flick in 1965. Big changes in the genre were only a few years off, of course..

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