The Story of Mankind

Overview

Future "Master of Disaster" Irwin Allen produced this curious but inarguably fascinating adaptation of Henrik Willem Van Loon's best- selling historical volume. A Celestial Tribunal has been convened to decide the fate of the Earth after the invention of nuclear weapons, with The Devil Vincent Price and The Spirit of Man Ronald Colman debating if humankind should be allowed to continue or be exterminated once and for all. Both men present examples of human behavior at its best and worst, including Dennis Hopper ...
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Overview

Future "Master of Disaster" Irwin Allen produced this curious but inarguably fascinating adaptation of Henrik Willem Van Loon's best- selling historical volume. A Celestial Tribunal has been convened to decide the fate of the Earth after the invention of nuclear weapons, with The Devil Vincent Price and The Spirit of Man Ronald Colman debating if humankind should be allowed to continue or be exterminated once and for all. Both men present examples of human behavior at its best and worst, including Dennis Hopper as Napoleon, Hedy Lamarr as Joan of Arc, Virginia Mayo as Cleopatra, Peter Lorre as Nero, Edward Everett Horton as Sir Walter Raleigh, and Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, and Chico Marx as, respectively, Peter Minuit, Sir Isaac Newton, and a monk yes, the producers had the daring and vision to cast the Marx Brothers without having them play any scenes together. The Story of Mankind proved to be the last film for both Ronald Colman and Hedy Lamarr; it was also the last time the three Marx Brothers appeared in the same film, though the individual Marxes appeared in a few films following this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/21/2009
  • UPC: 883316175569
  • Original Release: 1957
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,908

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ronald Colman The Spirit of Man
Hedy Lamarr Joan of Arc
Vincent Price The Devil
Groucho Marx Peter Minuit
Agnes Moorehead Elizabeth I
Peter Lorre Nero
Harpo Marx Isaac Newton
Dennis Hopper Napoleon
Chico Marx Monk
Virginia Mayo Cleopatra
Charles Coburn Hippocrates
Cedric Hardwicke High Judge
Cesar Romero Spanish Envoy
John Carradine Khufu
Marie Wilson Marie Antoinette
Helmut Dantine Antony
Edward Everett Horton Sir Walter Raleigh
Reginald Gardiner William Shakespeare
Marie Windsor Josephine
George E. Stone Waiter
Cathy O'Donnell Early Christian Woman
Franklin Pangborn Marquis de Varennes
Melville Cooper Major Domo
Henry Daniell Bishop of Beauvais
Francis X. Bushman Moses
David Bond Early Christian
Nick Cravat Apprentice
Dani Crayne Helen of Troy
Richard H. Cutting Court Attendant
Anthony Dexter Columbus
Austin Green Lincoln
Eden Hartford Laughing Water
Alexander Lockwood Promoter
Melinda Marx Early Christian Child
Marvin Miller Armana
Leonard Mudie Chief Inquisitor
Tudor Owen Court Clerk
Ziva Rodann Concubine
Harry Ruby Indian Brave
William Schallert Earl of Warwick
Reginald Sheffield Caesar
Abraham Sofaer Indian Chief
Bobby Watson Adolf Hitler
Toni Gerry Wife
Major Sam Harris Noble in Queen Elizabeth's Court
Don Megowan Early Man
Angelo Rossitto Dwarf
Technical Credits
Irwin Allen Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Charles Bennett Screenwriter
Marjorie Best Costumes/Costume Designer
Roland Gross Editor
Art Loel Art Director
Nick Musuraca Cinematographer
Gene Palmer Editor
Paul Sawtell Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
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