The Time Machine 1960

I somehow missed this movie until 2005. It stars Rod Taylor as George Wells, the beautiful Yvette Mimieux as Weena and Alan Young. I have always liked Time Travel movies and this one is well thought out.

Rod Taylor portrays George Wells and he builds a Time Machine. Other than the Tardis it’s the coolest time machine I’ve ever seen. He builds a miniature one and while his friends look on he turns the small machine on and it disappears into the future. His friends don’t really believe it. They question what good it will do if it really works?

This time machine doesn’t physically move but just occupies the same space in the future.

George gets frustrated and takes the real machine for a test ride into the future. They had no CGI but they get across time travel fine. To show time passing they set up a mannequin across the street to show different clothing styles passing by with the time which is great.

George ends up in a future society where all the people are young. They do nothing all day but play and eat. George soon finds out there is a price they pay for playing all day.

My favorite part of the movie are the creatures called the Morlocks with glowing eyes that live underground because they could not stand light. They provide the clueless land dwellers with food for obvious reasons. That is a simplified version of the film. Very well made movie.

This all begins right at the turn of the 20th century. Alan Young does a great job as David Filby…George’s best friend and later on David’s son…

My son watched this when he was 8 and was scared of the Morlocks but kept watching. He still watches it now. It was filmed in 1960 and the film won an Oscar for Best Effects, Special Effects. Does it measure up to today’s special effects? Certainly not but it gets the story across so if you like classic sci-fi you might like this one.

This is an article on the Time Machine prop that was used in the movie.

http://www.hollywoodlostandfound.net/props/timemachine.html

This is a trailer for the movie.

 

 

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

42 thoughts on “The Time Machine 1960”

    1. I think you would enjoy it…it’s not one of those B movies that came out at that time…lol but though I like some of those… Very well done movie.

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      1. It is a movie I have heard of- just never sat down to watch. I swear it has been on Turner a dozen times in the past year maybe more.

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      2. It is on a lot. I think you will enjoy it… I like how they show time passing and the lovely leading lady.
        off topic

        …Finished The Wire last night… we really enjoyed it and thank you again. My son was telling my buddy last night that I was in the 21st century now.
        I’m going back and rewatching a few episodes again. I hated Omar’s demise but like life, there is someone to take your place. I hated that McNulty got Lester involved with that crazy ploy… I was happy Daniels stayed true.
        Great Great Show

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      3. Glad you enjoyed it- sometime soon I am going to re-watch once again… So many great characters without centering on one single individual. What is next Sopranos or Breaking Bad?

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      4. Can’t lose either way both in my Top 5 all time shows. Breaking Bad is a little slower-not meaning that in a bad way- but it gives you detail and you get to know the characters well- not a car crash every minute kind of show.

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      5. That is fine with me…I’m excited about watching them. I hate leaving The Wire world though. I’ll miss those characters. They developed them so well.

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      6. I wish they had done another season or two. Have you ever seen Homicide from the early 90’s? David Simon did that show too- and Baltimore was the back drop. Also The Corner which was sort of a mini-series- Baltimore- and Simon.

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      7. No I haven’t but I will check it out.
        I did read where the guys that played Marlo and Avon was in a movie or show together playing roughly the same kind of characters.

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      8. It is amazing the number of shows that Wire alumni have been in since the end of the show… Homicide is excellent- of course it’s not The Wire but what is…

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      9. I can’t get away from it. I watched Goodfellas and the doctor that gave Henry the Valium near the end was the guy that played Clay Davis… just younger.

        That had to boost their career… the girl that played Snoop was the real deal in the gangs

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      10. Oh man I didn’t know that. He did a really good job. I liked his character. He was a big fellow.
        My son and I hated Avon at first and it went on…then we started to see the good in him and at least he lived by the so called code… Marlo was just insecure and evil.

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      11. Chew- was a Baltimore guy- actor and acting coach. The Barksdale’s were an interesting family. D’Angelo just wasn’t made for that life- it was too bad he couldn’t get away from it… Marlo yes -pure evil. One character I didn’t like but the actor played him very well. .. a character that grew on me- Slim Charles.

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      12. I liked Slim Charles…”Thats for Joe.”… I loved when he killed Cheese…that doesn’t sound good does it?
        Wallace and D’Angelo could have gotten away from it. The Wallace murder…made every real.

        Chew played that part great. You had sympathy for him.
        Marlo was so detached from everything… Stephen King said that “Snoop” was one of the best TV female villains.

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      13. Marlo was one of the characters you could have no sympathy for… I didn’t care much for Briana Barksdale either… One thing Barrack Obama and I have in common- our favorite character- Omar…

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      14. I liked Omar. The court scene is just classic. I have watched it on Youtube just to see it again. The one time Levy loses in the show.

        No sympathy for Briana…if D’Angelo doesn’t listen to her he is alive living somewhere else.

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      15. Off topic- just heard this- Monday night 8pm on CBS- an hour version of unseen stuff from Paul McCartney’s carpool Karaoke in Liverpool with James Cordan.

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      16. Oh cool…I will watch it then thanks for the info. It will be a rare thing in this household for me to watch one of the big networks except for baseball.

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      17. also – don’t know when it will come out but a documentary will be made of Paul’s playing the Cavern recently… Yes I don’t see much network tv either- I wasn’t even sure which local channel was CBS until I looked.

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      18. Ok I’ll look out for it also… I would like to see that.
        I do wish they could have saved the original Cavern. That one piece of film of them playing “Some Other Guy” is just great…thats a destination with the time machine.

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      19. I think to have saved it they would have probably had to have put a lot of money into the project- but it would have been a wise move in the long run. Kind of like some of the old ballparks- Wrigley and Fenway- to save the place you had to modernize it somehow.

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      20. I guess at the time they didn’t realize the historical value. That backing where all the groups signed alone would be a fortune.
        That had to be so exciting to witness. That and Germany but a little safer at the Cavern. When I hear “Cry For a Shadow” I think that is what they would have sounded like live.

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      21. It would be something to have seen them at either place- to have been there at the creation- to see their progress…when they were still just Liverpool’s. I guess the closest we are going to get – is Mark Lewisohn’s books.

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      22. You are right. I have the Tune In book and audio book. Reading or listening to it… makes me feel like I am there. That book is the ultimate book…it’s the one we have been waiting for since the 70s.
        Has Paul or Ringo commented on the it?

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      23. I haven’t seen any comments from them. Maybe at this point they are numb from all the coverage they have received- I wonder if they have read it even? …. I am sure we are still a few years away at least from volume 2. This is The BOOK you are right! In reading the first one- it is the book on them that makes me feel like I was there as it was happening too.

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      24. When I first saw it on audible…I thought 44 hours??? Again I was thinking a repeat of everything else… but I saw the author and I gave it a chance.
        The people he tracked down…I can’t think of her name but the girl that John looked after and wrote letters to…She was a great source of info…
        I heard 2019 or 2020 for 2… It shouldn’t take as long to write I wouldn’t think because everything was more public then.

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      25. I think his decision to start the project was at the right time- people involved are getting older and passing. I would think the hardest volume to write would have been- as you said the first one- a lot more of the obscure parts..

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      26. Yes he said he worked on it for years. I’m really looking forward to the second.
        A little off topic but do you think the Stones will ever do an “Anthology?”…their own version?

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      27. I just did some looking up- Lewisohn said he was shooting for 2020 for second and 2028 for final volume…… as far as The Rolling Stones- I don’t know- I would guess no but who knows. I don’t see Mick being interested. Too busy jet setting.

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      28. I think Keith would but too many things to uncover and Mick doesn’t like the past. Keith is proud of it and Mick is indifferent.
        I can live with 2020…

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      29. We have waited this long…whats a little more.
        I will say this about Mick though. The man really liked John Lennon…I’ve heard him more than once say he really missed him.

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      30. Mick is an odd fellow- but I love the stones… i took the Jones book back will have to check it out again- caught up reading other stuff- but its still on my list.

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      31. I do want your opinion on it. He tried to be fair without piling on like other people. I’ve never read Bill Wyman’s book. I know he liked Brian.

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      32. I will have to re order it it was from another library. It looked like an interesting read….have you seen Hail Hail Rock and Roll- the doc on Chuck Berry- done in 1986 or 87? The finale of the doc was a concert in St Louis with Keith Richard bringing an all star band in to back Chuck– Keith- Eric Clapton- Robert Cray etc.. it was a great doc- and Keith really came across well. He talked about what a big pain in the butt Chuck was- but he loved the man.

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      33. Yes I saw that Chuck Berry doc… All Keith was trying to do was for once get a good band behind him and Chuck had to fight him all the way.
        You could see Keith getting pissed when Chuck was showing him “Carol” but he held it back because he respected him so much…
        That documentary helped get Johnny Johnson in the spotlight again and gigs. He had a lot to do with Chucks success but Chuck would not admit it.

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      34. Chuck was certainly an odd and bitter man but I didn’t walk in his shoes.. I have always said that if he had been born white he would have been bigger than Elvis. I certainly think he was greater…You are right on Johnny Johnson- one of the great unsung heroes of rock and roll. Every few years I watch that doc. .. I think Keith was more knowledgeable about Chuck’s music than Chuck was. ..

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      35. You have a point about Chuck he would have could have been bigger because he was the whole package…artist and entertainer
        I think Johnny came up some of those runs…Chuck played them in weird keys for guitar…piano keys…Johnny didn’t think of asking for writing credits.
        I’m sure Chuck had a rough upbringing…but he didn’t help himself with some of the illegal things he did…
        The man could have sued everyone for plagiarism. Everything in rock is traced back to him

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