IMDb > The Last Man on Earth (1964)
The Last Man on Earth
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Last Man on Earth (1964) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 24 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.0/10   10,849 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 6% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
William F. Leicester (screenplay) and
Richard Matheson (screenplay) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for The Last Man on Earth on IMDbPro.
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
An under-appreciated classic 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)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Damned Walk at Midnight" - USA (alternative title)
See more »
Runtime:
86 min
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Established by many reviewers (including director George A. Romero himself) as a graphic blueprint for Night of the Living Dead (1968).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Morgan talks to Ruth, approximately at 1:10:09, it is possible to see a sudden shadow (maybe a crew member passing in front of the light source) projected on Morgan's back for a second.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Robert Morgan:Another day to live through. Better get started.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of I Am Omega (2007) (V)See more »

FAQ

How does the new society's serum work?
Why is Morgan immune to the disease?
Is this available on DVD?
See more »
91 out of 104 people found the following review useful.
An under-appreciated classic, 6 September 2002
Author: henri sauvage from nashville, tn

This one seems to be less well known than others in Vincent Price's filmography -- possibly because the title makes it sound more like a romantic comedy.

In this first filmed version of Richard Matheson's superb short novel "I Am Legend", though, Price really shines in one of the best performances of his career. Far superior to its 1971 remake "The Omega Man" -- as if we needed yet another "Charlton Heston vs. the subhuman hordes" outing after "Khartoum" and "55 Days In Peking" -- the script follows Matheson's book almost scene-for-scene, but then, I think the author always wrote with one eye on the movie or TV rights.

Morgan (Vincent Price) is the only survivor of a worldwide plague that kills its victims, only to resurrect them as zombie vampires. (His own immunity was conferred by the bite of a vampire bat infected with a weaker version of the virus, when he was doing research in South America.) By day, he systematically searches out the plague victims and destroys them in the traditional Van Helsing manner, retreating to his fortified house when darkness falls and the vampires come out to play. Worst of all, his best friend Ben -- now a vampire -- is part of the crowd that nightly besieges his house, thirsting for his blood.

Unlike "The Omega Man", very little of this film is devoted to Morgan's one-man war against the vampires, who as others have noted have a kind of "Night Of The Living Dead" ambiance, minus the gore. Instead it focuses on his utter isolation, both physical and spiritual, his mission as an exterminating angel the only purpose now left to his life.

A large part of the movie is taken up by a flashback to three years previous, to the beginning of the plague, as his friend Ben arrives at a birthday party for Morgan's daughter bearing an armful of presents. Against the background of the children's shouts and laughter the adults worriedly discuss the appearance of a new virus. The world then proceeds to fall apart in a quietly terrifying re-enactment of the Black Death, complete with National Guard "bring out your dead" units and a 24/7 immolation pit for the anonymous, canvas-wrapped corpses. Morgan's wife and daughter succumb to the virus in a sequence that is quite stunning in its low-key, almost clinical lack of the standard histrionics.

The black-and-white cinematography is as stark and minimalistic as the story (and, admittedly, the budget). The exterior scenes set in a deserted Los Angeles -- well, actually Rome, shot in the early morning -- are often quite effective in mirroring his internal desolation. Cast and crew alike do an excellent job with the material, despite the monetary constraints. Unlike so many in our current "bash you over the head" school of film-making, the real horror of the situation is allowed to speak eloquently for itself.

If you're expecting the high camp of one of Price's Roger Corman flicks, you'll probably be bored stiff by this movie. If instead you're looking for a surprisingly good adaptation of a great story, you can't do much better than "Last Man On Earth".

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (157 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Last Man on Earth (1964)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Why only one page of topics here??? susanemccool
Vincent Price deserved an Oscar SocialistCritic
Which version is your Favourite? From_Dusk_Til_Shaun
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Omega Man I Am Legend 28 Days Later... Dreamcatcher The Road
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Horror section IMDb Italy section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.