The Time Travelers (1964)

Article #1422 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 2-4-2005
Posting Date: 7-4-2005
Directed by Ib Melchior
Featuring Preston Foster, Philip Carey, Merry Anders

When scientists working on a time window accidentally creeate a portal to the future, four people find themselves transported one hundred years to the future in a post-apocalyptic age.

This isn’t a great movie; most of the story during the post-apocalyptic sequence is overly familiar, the music is a little silly, and the acting is variable. However, it does have a truly great and unforgettable ending. It also doesn’t belabor the plot, which is a good thing in this case. It has a nice sense of wonder to it, it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and the special effects feel less like studio trickery and more like magic tricks. All these factors combine to make me feel a great deal of warmth towards this movie, and I find myself wishing that it was better known. Sadly, I suspect it will remain somewhat obscure, largely because I don’t think anyone will bother reviving it when the inferior remake (JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF TIME) that was made just three years later (directed by David L. Hewitt, who wrote the original script) is in public domain and is easily available. I myself will always have fond memories of the original.


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