director Edward Bernds
Ah, the perils of space travel.
Like the later Planet of the Apes (1968), World Without End features a group of American space travelers who find themselves returned to marooned on a planet that turns out to be Earth, only centuries in the future. Only this Earth isn’t overrun by apes, but by one-eyed mutant cavemen!
And hiding underground from the fallout, the intellectuals have fled. Over time, the men have become weak and increasingly impotent, while the women have all gotten all VA-VA-VA-VOOM!!!
Turns out well for our healthy, hunky strong AND smart men of the 1950’s, brains, brawn, and good looks. There is something Zardoz-ian about it, but no loincloths or flying giant heads.
The always likable Hugh Marlowe stars and Rod Steiger gets his breakout American role. It’s directed by Edward Bernds who made a handful of sci-fi flicks (as well as a lot of Three Stooges pictures).
I love 1950’s sci-fi, good or bad. This one is sort of on the mediocre side. But the poster, the poster is amazing.