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Of Course and Mankind
For a cursory view of Western Civilzatio/Cultire's history, this movie made it look schizoid with episodic fits of genius & timeles liberal arts-medicine-exploration-invention, when not diseased or conquering or enslaving or genociding or parlaying religious authority all of which is typically how the West is now perceived! Interesting too was that a United States of Europe under Napoleon B. or Adolph H. was intoned as THE WORST warring political possibility that had to be defeated at all cost in the 20th century! The outer space tribunal included an unknown judge, the devil,& the spirit of man but no presence God (Christ) except by reference only, while the theory of gravity is taught as law & we are not to trust our senses because it is the earth that revolves around the sun after all! Through this & countless other post-war summations of a people, 4 generations of that people question who they are amidst evermore subdivisive distractions fueled by the Marxian money god! The enormity of media induced amnesia has succeeded in unsanityzing the hope of the world's destiny- for the time being...
History of the Workd?
- Teresa L
I kept waiting for Mel Brooks to show up. Wonder if this was his inspiration for "History of the World Pt.1". I felt embarrassed for the stars of this film, many of whom were in roles totally unsuited.(Marie Windsor, Dennis Hopper).
Ambitious for Its Day but Silly Now
I know, today this film seems contrived, laughable and utterly full of itself. A bloated Technicolor curiosity boasting a lengthy roster of nearly every available A, B and C lister of the day. I still watch just to see Vincent Price chew the scenery with his distinctively, devilishly upper-crusty attitude and voice. Vincent brought an amusing arrogance to everything he appeared in, even bombs like this one.
I Liked this movie!
I thought this movie had a message and an interesting if simple script. A moral to the movie. So what if it is a little campy - it is a movie! One way classic movies have the present day films beaten is that with the classics you can tell what is going on and don't have to wonder later what the movie was about or what happened.
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.