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Director:
Writers:
William F. Leicester (screenplay) and
Richard Matheson (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
8 March 1964 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
By night they leave their graves, crawling, shambling, through empty streets, whimpering, pleading, begging for his blood! See more »
Plot:
When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Price gets apocalyptic in this extraordinary zombie flick! See more (157 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vincent Price ... Dr. Robert Morgan
Franca Bettoia ... Ruth Collins
Emma Danieli ... Virginia Morgan
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart ... Ben Cortman
Umberto Raho ... Dr. Mercer (as Umberto Rau)
Christi Courtland ... Kathy Morgan
Antonio Corevi ... Governor (as Tony Corevi)
Ettore Ribotta ... TV Reporter (as Hector Ribotta)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Ruth Collins (voice) (uncredited)
Rolando De Rossi ... (uncredited)
Giuseppe Mattei ... New People Leader (uncredited)
Alessandro Tedeschi ... Passerby (uncredited)

Directed by
Ubaldo Ragona (Italian prints) (as Ubaldo B. Ragona)
Sidney Salkow (uncredited in Italian prints)
 
Writing credits
William F. Leicester (screenplay) and
Richard Matheson (screenplay) (as Logan Swanson)

Richard Matheson (novel "I Am Legend")

Furio M. Monetti  screenplay
Ubaldo Ragona  screenplay (as Ubaldo B. Ragona)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Harold E. Knox .... associate producer
Robert L. Lippert .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
Bert Shefter 
 
Cinematography by
Franco Delli Colli 
 
Film Editing by
Gene Ruggiero 
Franca Silvi 
 
Production Design by
Giorgio Giovannini 
 
Set Decoration by
Brunello Serena Ulloa 
 
Costume Design by
Angiolina Menichelli  (as Lilly Menichelli)
 
Makeup Department
Piero Mecacci .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Lionello Meucci .... assistant production manager
Vico Vaccaro .... production manager
Luciano Volpato .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carlo Grandone .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Enzo Silvestri .... sound engineer
Armando Timpani .... sound recordist
Bruno Zanoli .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alfonso Avincola .... still photographer (uncredited)
Angelo Lannutti .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Alvaro Lanzoni .... camera operator (uncredited)
Renato Pedrini .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Federico Tocci .... key grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carmen Frosali .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alfonso D'Artega .... orchestrator
Norman B. Schwartz .... music editor (as Norman Schwartz)
 
Other crew
Rita Agostini .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Franco Rispoli .... production secretary (uncredited)
Ermete Santini .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Damned Walk at Midnight" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
86 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2007) | Germany:16 | Portugal:M/12 | UK:PG (2007) | UK:X (1966) | USA:Unrated

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Trivia:
The script was written in part by Richard Matheson, but he was dissatisfied with the result and was therefore credited as Logan Swanson.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In one of the first shots of the deserted city at the beginning of the film, chimney smoke from a house can be seen, suggesting that somebody lives there.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Robert Morgan:Another day to live through. Better get started.
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Movie Connections:
Version of I Am Legend (2007)See more »

FAQ

What is 'The Last Man on Earth' about?
Why is Morgan immune to the disease?
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46 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Price gets apocalyptic in this extraordinary zombie flick!, 8 June 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Made four years before Night of the Living Dead, The Last Man on Earth tells a very similar story. Based on Richard Matheson's novel "I Am Legend", the film tells the tale of a terrible plague that has wiped out all of mankind and replaced them with vampire-zombie like creatures. Well, it's almost wiped mankind out - one man, Vincent Price, still remains. Now that he has inherited the Earth, the last surviving human has to hunt these creatures by day and then hole up in his house during the night. Vincent Price says most of dialogue in voice over, which gives this apocalyptic horror film a great element of pessimism, which is essential in order for the film to work. The way that Price reads his lines is done in such a way that it seems he has simply given up all hope, and this helps the tragic element of the movie, which is this film's main backbone. The dreary black and white cinematography helps this element of the film also, as it adds the degree of hopelessness and pessimism, which this story thrives on.

Quite how this film has reached the ripe old age of forty and still not garnered the praise and respect it deserves is beyond me. While Night of the Living Dead deserves the praise for 'really' creating the zombie movie that we all now know and love, this film got the theme first, and thus deserves it's place in the annals of film history. The story, even without the horror of the zombie creatures, still makes for fascinating food for thought. The idea of being left all alone on the Earth is simultaneously fascinating and horrifying, and by showing us the things that the protagonist has do every day to ward off the vampires (mirrors and garlic on the doors, hunting them by day), along with such quotes as "another day to live through" show the true horror of the idea behind the film. Of course, Vincent Price is one of the greatest actors of all time and his presence in the movie is easily one of the highlights. Price's great screen presence helps to offset the obvious low budget of the film and even during the slower moments, The Last Man on Earth still ensures that we are interested in what's going on, just by the fact that Price is there. On the whole, this is an extraordinarily brilliant film and one that deserves your viewing!

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