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The Last Man on Earth (1924)

In the future year of 1940, a young man is rejected and humiliated by a girl and goes off to be a hermit in a redwood forest. By 1950, a dreadful plague of "Masculitis" has killed every ... See full summary »

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John G. Blystone (as J.G. Blystone)

Writers:

Donald W. Lee, John D. Swain (story)
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Cast overview:
Earle Foxe ... Elmer Smith
Grace Cunard ... Gertie
Gladys Tennyson Gladys Tennyson ... Frisco Kate
Derelys Perdue Derelys Perdue ... Hattie
Maurice Murphy ... Elmer's Pal
Clarissa Selwynne Clarissa Selwynne ... Dr. Prodwell
Fay Holderness Fay Holderness ... Elmer's Mother
Marion Aye ... Red Sal
Harry Dunkinson Harry Dunkinson ... Elmer's Father
Marie Astaire ... Paula Prodwell
Pauline French Pauline French ... Furlong
Jean Johnston Jean Johnston ... Hattie (age 6)
William Steele ... Hattie's Father
Buck Black Buck Black ... Elmer (age 8)
Jean Dumas Jean Dumas ... Hattie's Mother
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In the future year of 1940, a young man is rejected and humiliated by a girl and goes off to be a hermit in a redwood forest. By 1950, a dreadful plague of "Masculitis" has killed every male over the age of puberty but our hermit hero. He's become a national treasure, and millions of man-starved females crave him, yet he still wants the gal who wouldn't have him. Written by WesternOne

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He's all there is -- there isn't any more! See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den sidste Mand paa Jorden See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The film takes place in 1950. See more »

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Remade as It's Great to Be Alive (1933) See more »

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The Beau Ideal of Womankind
7 July 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

In the distant future year of 1950...

That doesn't make any sense, does it? OK. It's 1924: little Elmer Smith loves little Hattie, but she despises him because he's a sissy. In 1940, Elmer has grown up to be Earle Foxe and Hattie to be Derelys Perdue. When she still doesn't love him, he climbs into his airplane and goes to hide. Meanwhile, a germ is spreading across the earth that kills all men over fourteen.

In the distant future year of 1950, the Teahouse Gang locates Earle living in a tree. He is the last man on earth. They bring the timid creature back to a world of women that can't keep their hands off him. When the cat lady who is the President finds out about it, she arranges a boxing match between two junior senatoresses, winner take all.

Some parts of this silent comedy have not aged well, but there are some good gags and sequences in it.... just the idea of Earle Foxe as the beau ideal is image to make anyone snicker. The costume designers also had a lot of fun making the clothing as ridiculous as possible. By 1940, we are led to believe, garden-party clothes for young ladies will be thigh-length hoop skirts over harem pants. Ten years later, Roman togas will also be things that the well-dressed woman will wear. And hats! Weird hats decorated with all sorts of knick-knacks; only Miss Perdue will wear fruit on her chapeau.


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