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Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)

Not Rated | | Romance, Sci-Fi | July 1960 (USA)
In 1960, a military test pilot is caught in a time warp that propels him to year 2024 where he finds a plague has sterilized the world's population.


Edgar G. Ulmer


Arthur C. Pierce (original story and screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Clarke ... Maj. William Allison
Darlene Tompkins ... Princess Trirene
Arianne Ulmer Arianne Ulmer ... Capt. Markova (as Arianne Arden)
Vladimir Sokoloff ... The Supreme
Stephen Bekassy Stephen Bekassy ... Gen. Karl Kruse
John Van Dreelen ... Dr. Bourman (as John van Dreelen)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Captain (as Red Morgan)
Ken Knox Ken Knox ... Col. Marty Martin
Don Flournoy Don Flournoy ... Mutant
Tom Ravick Tom Ravick ... Mutant
Neil Fletcher Neil Fletcher ... Air Force Chief
Jack Herman Jack Herman ... Dr. Richman
James 'Ike' Altgens James 'Ike' Altgens ... Secretary Lloyd Patterson (as James Altgens)
William Shephard William Shephard ... Gen. York (as William Shapard)
John Loughney John Loughney ... Gen. Lamont


Experimental pilot testing a new rocket powered craft (actually a Convair F-102 interceptor) manages to fly into the future and land at the now deserted airbase he left. He ends up in a city with people who are suspicious he is a spy and who want to keep him to procreate with the rulers daughter because the majority of the inhabitants are sterile. He manages to escape and return to his own time but "with consequences". Written by Jamie Bone

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Adam and Eve of the year 2024! Only they could repopulate the world! See more »


Romance | Sci-Fi


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Filmed in 11 days in and around Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX. See more »


(at around 6 mins) The pilot employs the "central stabilizers" with the jet at 100 miles altitude (500,000 feet). There is no appreciable air at that altitude so stabilizers (fins) would be useless. See more »


The Supreme: I fear our future is done, Captain. We have returned to the cave where men first lived on earth. We have returned to our birthplace to die.
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A Good 'Time" Was Had
31 July 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Beyond the Time Barrier is an old-fashioned science fiction film made in 1960 that has the look and feel of a science fiction serial. It has some obvious flaws, most of which spring from its low budget. The special effects are woefully un-special. The sets are cheap-looking as are the costumes and any make-up used. Acting is mediocre at best with a few actors doing reasonable work. Darlene Tompkins is a lovely actress and does a pretty good job in her role as a deaf princess. Robert Clarke should be nicknamed Robert "Stonewall" Clarke for his stone-like performance. His performance isn't wooden, it's petrified. Nonetheless he is fun to watch. Boyd "Red" Morgan is, on the other hand, painfully bad a a captain(earlier referred to as a major?). The film tells a very complex story about Clarke leaving the year 1960 and crossing a time barrier and reaching the year 2024 where plague and pestilence are common. The human race has divided into factions of mutants and non-mutants(really people in the very first stages of being mutants). I found the story quite interesting despite not really believing the scientific aspects behind it. Sure the film is talky, but that was okay with me as I liked the story. The film was directed by Edgar Ulmer and it has some wonderful Ulmer moments. I particularly liked the way the mutants were locked up...a well-shot scene. Also, the climatic fight scenes were very good too. Ulmer uses a triangle of another scene interspersing into the already existing shot quite often as well for a neat little effect. An interesting science fiction film with a message.

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July 1960 (USA) See more »

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$125,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo (Dolby 2.0)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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