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Bad movie, but...
- dave fox
When it played the Fox Orpheum Theater in Portland, OR, an electrical short caught the screen and elaborate curtains on fire. The handful of people fled. The Oregonian newspaper's film critic said, yes, it was a terrible movie, but it wasn't worth burning down the theater. Damage was limited to the stage area, and the Orpheum reopened as soon as a new screen could be located, in Seattle.
Sweet Movie for Those with a Sense of Humor
I don't understand the bad reviews for this movie. No, it isn't "Citizen Kane", but bring your sense of humor and enjoy seeing the wonderful Ronald Coleman, Vincent Price (catch his throwaway line "I never considered myself an expert on art", which of course he was!) and cameos by the Marx Brothers, Edward Everett Horton, Agnes Moorhead, Cesar Romero, and I don't remember who all else. A little history lesson with some food for thought in the verdict at the end. Consider the context of the times: the late 1950's, with nuclear proliferation at its height.
Total piece of junk!!
Don't bother wasting ending time watching this trash. Irwin Allen, enough said.
- Suane Huff
It was a good concept but a little weak, but the main thing I liked about the movie was the verdict at the end.
Terrible film, so bad that it's great Camp
- Jim Bloom
I happened to tune in to this about 1/4th of the way into the film. It has an hypnotic effect. You want to see how much worse it can get. Unlike some reviewers here, I did get a big kick out of how crappy this production is. I'm a little surprised at the Marx Bros. agreeing to appear in this stinker, but it was their last hurrah, as with most of the other actors. Vincent Price is one of my favorite Camp actors. He is perfect in this cartoonish shlockumentary. One of my favorite moments is at Pharaoh Khufu's court when the awkward cliched "Mideastern" dancer does the usual hands-aloft hip wiggle stumbling around to the music of ---BONGO DRUMS! Too horrible to miss.
Redeemable, If Not Totally Coherent(1957)
Leonard Maltins critique is short sighted if not accurate at mans attempt to analyze and put his History in perspective and on a guided path. While on the surface this film has its short comings , the redeeming value is simply that it does attempt to seek truth and guidance. After WWII and the Depression, this 1950's film is a Hallmark at Mans ability to find Truth. The Triumph in Life is to find Truth albeit by film is just another venue. So while this film may fall short, the combination of Ronald Coleman and Vincent Price is "Priceless." The "sum" is greater then the whole. 4 stars out of 5.
Not Even Kitsch Can Save This Film
I thought I'd get some fun from this. Usually, such a cavalcade of professional character actors makes it entertaining. From the moment when Groucho Marx appeared as the Jew Who Bought Manhattan, I watched most of it with the fast forward button in play. Virginia Mayo as a bimbo Cleopatra? Say no more. It just wasn't worth it. Lots of talent wasted on this one.
I really enjoyed this movie, if for nothing else to hear Ronald Coleman's voice speak up for mankind. It is a fun movie to watch- I remember watching this movie on TV as a kid and it was amazing - although Mr. Scratch DID have a better argument.
- Ron Kerrigan
I agree with every word of "Mr Blandings" review, but I still enjoyed this movie. The cavalcade of stars, the naivete of the reasoning, so typical of the 50's make it a nostalgic experience. The change of tone between vignettes is a bit distracting - some are played totally straight, some (Marx Bros.) are done a funny as possible within the constrains. The film is also very S_L_O_W, especially the courtroom scenes, and since I had it on tivo I found myself FFing through some of the pauses and more obvious monologues, but I still recommend a peek at it.
A movie as horrible as mankind's history
- Mr. Blandings
How any studio could entrust Irwin Allen to make any movie, particularly an epic, is a mystery. This travesty of film is poorly written, poorly directed, and poorly acted by all but Colman and Price. Why either wanted to be associated with it is also a mystery. To anyone with common sense, Mr. Scratch's arguments against mankind hold far more weight than the idiotic trivialities that the Spirit of Mankind brings up in its defense. A horrible and pointless piece of filmmaking at its utter worst.