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Terror from the Year 5000 (1958)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | January 1958 (USA)
Prof. Erling and his financial backer Victor build a prototype time machine to snatch objects from the past. Latest find, a statuette, radiometrically dates to 5200 AD! When this draws ... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ward Costello Ward Costello ... Dr. Robert Hedges
Joyce Holden ... Claire Erling
Frederic Downs Frederic Downs ... Prof. Howard Erling
John Stratton John Stratton ... Victor
Salome Jens ... Future Woman / Nurse
Fred Herrick Fred Herrick ... Angelo
Beatrice Furdeaux Beatrice Furdeaux ... Miss Blake
Jack Dimond Jack Dimond ... First Lab Technician (as Jack Diamond)
Fred Taylor Fred Taylor ... Second Lab Technician
Bill Downs Bill Downs ... Dr. Blair
William Cost William Cost ... Joe the Bartender
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Storyline

Prof. Erling and his financial backer Victor build a prototype time machine to snatch objects from the past. Latest find, a statuette, radiometrically dates to 5200 AD! When this draws colleague Richard Hedges to the island lab, Erling reveals that 20th-century objects put in the machine seem to be "traded" for analogous future objects by intelligent life. And on the sly, Victor's been trying to get a living visitor. Does the future need help, or is the present in danger? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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From Time Unborn ... A Hideous She-Thing!

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Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl from 5000 A.D. See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

La Jolla Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut of Salome Jens. Although she was listed onscreen, no other contemporaneous source credited her. See more »

Goofs

Carbon 14 testing cannot reveal future dates (a possible alternative would be to show a relatively recent artifact date impossibly old because it came from the future). See more »

Quotes

Narrator: In the year nineteen hundred and fifty-eight, Man launched the first satellite and pierced the space barrier.
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Posse
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Music by Jack Shaindlin
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A shade better than most AIP sci-fi quickies from this period.
23 June 2001 | by youroldpaljimSee all my reviews

As far as I know, this is the first American feature film about time travel via a time machine. A time machine was featured in the American serial BRICK BRADFORD (1947) and in the English comedy TIME FLIES (1944). Film firsts should be noted and applauded even if the films they appear in are otherwise unremarkable. TERROR FROM THE YEAR 5000 is a somewhat lackluster production with uneven performances and direction. I say that this film is shade a better than most other low budget quickies from 1958 in that its story slightly more imaginative. The time machine was something new to films in 1958, the bit with the hypnotic finger nails is certainly unusual and don't forget the four eyed mutant cat from the future. I thought the idea of having the future women at first mistakenly speaking Greek was a clever idea, since the present people had sent the future people with trinkets that had Greek writing on them. The make up for the future woman is quite poor, no wonder the director mostly kept her face hidden throughout. There is one scene where the scientists leave the island and go to a movie on the mainland. AIP studio heads must of come up with this scene to insert a little promotion. The film they go to see is AIP's I WAS A TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN. Oh, by the way, I like the 1958 Edsel Corsair that Ward Costello drives.


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