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Things to Come

Things to Come(1936)

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The title card for the viewed print read: "H. G. Wells' Things to Come." The running time of the London premiere of this film was 110 minutes. Approximately sixteen minutes of the film was cut for the New York opening. According to Hollywood Reporter, approximately 3,000 feet of the film were cut by Hungarian censors. According to a April 29, 1936 ad in Daily Variety, at New York's Rivoli Theatre, crowds formed continuous lines from 9:30 a.m. on the day of the opening through the time the ad went to press on the fourth day. A special screening of this film, which took place in Washington, D.C. for an audience of government officials, featured a transatlantic telephone address by H. G. Wells. According to Variety, this was England's first million-dollar picture. Modern critics consider this film to be one of the first, and most important, major science fiction films. Modern sources credit John Clements as the German fighter pilot.