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World Without End *** (1956, Hugh Marlowe, Nancy Gates, Rod Taylor) – Classic Movie Review 3983

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Writer-director Edward Bernds’s daft but enjoyable 1956 sci-fi movie tells the tale of a space mission of four astronauts returning from mankind’s first mission to Mars. They are caught in a time warp and unwittingly travel forward in time, crashing on to a post-apocalyptic 26th century Earth inhabited by fearsome monsters and mutant troglodyte cavemen Earthlings.

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But for fearsome monsters read rubbery giant spiders, and for troglodytes read love-struck women in hip-hugging lycra. Hugh Marlowe, Nancy Gates and Rod Taylor star. They must battle to save humanity and build a new world if they can.

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The intriguing plot (predating the similarly themed Planet of the Apes and accessing the H G Wells novel The Time Machine), good cast, Bernds’s taut screenplay, brisk action and fast-moving direction lift a standard, cheap-looking Fifties futuristic hokum B-movie of the kind collectors of kitsch have come to love so well.

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Also in the cast are Booth Colman, Christopher Dark, Lisa Montell, Nelson Leigh, Everett Glass, Stanley Fraser, Shirley Patterson, William Vedder, Paul Brinegar, Herb Vigran, Mickey Simpson and Rankin Mansfield.

© Derek Winnert 2016 Classic Movie Review 3983

Check out more reviews on http://derekwinnert.com

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