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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:
Preston Foster ...
Dr. Erik von Steiner
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Steve Connors
Merry Anders ...
Carol White
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Varno
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Councilman Willard
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Gadra
Delores Wells ...
Reena
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Danny McKee
Berry Kroeger ...
Preston
Gloria Leslie ...
Councilwoman
Molly Glessing ...
Android
Peter Strudwick ...
The Mutant
J. Edward McKinley ...
Raymond
Margaret Seldeen ...
Miss Hollister
Forrest J Ackerman ...
Square-frame technician
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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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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

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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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Time Traveling can be a mind-warp, er, headache
18 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The reason a film such as this (low budget '50s or '60s sci-fi) is on many viewers favorites lists is not necessarily fond childhood memories or nostalgia - it's because it's well made. Of course, they had very little money for props and such, but the story is more inventive than 95% of the stuff that's released now or has been since the nineties; no, make that the eighties. Yes, I'm one of those guys who saw it 30 years ago as a kid on TV during a Saturday matinée slot or something; but I've seen it again within a couple of years ago and it's still quite entertaining. Here, the writers proposed a question, a 'what if?' question about time travel. What if certain people, a small group of scientists, accidentally invented a time travel device? What if they used it? (Again, accidentally). What if the device short-circuited too early? What if this, what if that - and so on, with inventive answers provided to each question. If you've never seen this picture, you're in for a treat - you'll be wondering what's the next answer every 5 to 10 minutes. This is a quality sorely lacking in most films today. Maybe all the good ideas have been used. The same concept was utilized a couple of years later in the short-lived "Time Tunnel" TV series, but that show lacked the wild turns of this sci-fi set up. Some of the further situations in this story of the future are a bit goofy, but I believe it's intentional. The ending, which I won't give away here, actually puts some pressure on the viewers to wrap their minds around. Watch for famous sci-fi fan & publisher Forrest J.Ackerman in a cameo. Whatta trip!


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