CAPTIVE WOMEN (1952)
Article #424 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 5-13-2002
Posting date: 10-6-2002
Mutants and Norms battle for supremacy in a post-apocalyptic future.
The first five minutes of this movie feature extensive nuclear bomb footage and endless philosophizing narration, which goes on for another minute and a half after the title credits are finished rolling; obviously, they wanted to make sure we got the message. What follows is pretty standard fare; it could serve equally for a Sword & Sandal epic or a caveman movie, except there’s a lot of speechifying about mutants being people, too. It’s not particularly good, but it is entertaining enough, with Robert Clarke and William Schallert on hand for those seeking familiar faces. What is most interesting is that is may be the first primitive-civilization-after-the-apocalypse movie, a genre that would really thrive in the eighties, but was fairly rare at this point of time. It’s not the first movie to take place after a nuclear war (that would be FIVE), but it’s the first one to conceive of a whole society after the war. As such, this movie, minor as it is, has a place in the history of science fiction cinema.