The Time Travelers (1964) Poster


Producer Ray Dorn "borrowed" much of this movie for his own movie Journey to the Center of Time (1967). Irwin Allen also borrowed much of the concept for his TV series The Time Tunnel (1966). Director Ib Melchior declined to make waves so that he would continue getting work in Hollywood.
The mutants were played by members of a basketball team. Several of said basketball players were members of the Los Angeles Lakers.
His cameo appearance became the first genre film appearance for "Famous Monsters of Filmland" publisher Forrest J. Ackerman. This led to another facet of his career in which he would make numerous cameo appearances, and even do bit parts, in films for more than 40 years.
In her film, Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), director Susan Seidelman selected clips from The Time Travelers (1964) for projection during her movie theater scenes.
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.
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A new trailer confirms this movie will be featured on the revival season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988).
When it is revealed the future humans are travelling to Alpha CentaurI, one of the scientists responds "twenty-five thousand-billion miles!" This is actually quite accurate: Alpha Centauri is about 4.37 light-years, a little over 25 trillion miles, from our solar system.
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