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Five (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | October 1951 (USA)
The world is destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Only five Americans survive, including a pregnant woman, a neo-Nazi, a black man and a bank clerk.

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Arch Oboler
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Phipps ... Michael
Susan Douglas Rubes ... Roseanne (as Susan Douglas)
James Anderson ... Eric
Charles Lampkin Charles Lampkin ... Charles
Earl Lee Earl Lee ... Mr. Barnstaple
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Storyline

Five people are miraculously spared when the fall-out from a super-atomic bomb eventually kills all of the rest of humanity on earth. They are Roseanne Rogers, a pregnant woman who was in an X-ray room; Michael, a sensitive young poet and philosopher; Charles, a black man; Mr. Barnstaple, a banker; and Eric, a cosmopolitan Alpinist who was saved from the radio-active dust because he was climbing Mt. Everest at the time of the explosion and fall-out. Eventually, they all wind up in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house on a California mountaintop. There is a lot of symbolism, especially with the mountain climber, who represents decadent and alien fascism and the banker who brings greed and arrogance to this new Eden on Earth. Soon, only two are left. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Four men and one woman are the last five people on Earth...This is their story! See more »

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

5ive See more »

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Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The verse that appears on screen just after the title card and footage of atomic blasts is from Psalm 103:16 from the Bible (King James Version): "The deadly wind passeth over it / And it is gone; / And the place thereof / Shall know it no more..." Note the insertion of the word "deadly" which does not appear in the Bible. See more »

Goofs

When looking at the soap box powder in the store, the name of the soap is "Atomic Suds" but when the box is tilted by the actor you can clearly see the box top reads "Tide". See more »

Quotes

Charles: I guess I lost my way... 9:30 to 4, 38.50 a week. Every week. Security.
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Featured in Great Balls of Fire! (1989) See more »

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Great film. Saw in l951.
3 March 1999 | by barry-52See all my reviews

I have been searching for a copy of this film on video for ten years. Like others who have commented, it has haunted me since seeing it as a l7 year old when it was originally released. In recent years I learned that the set was Oboler's own home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. I would be quite interested to see it as newly built compared to some recent color photos of the structure available in various FLW collections.


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