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The Time Travelers

The Time Travelers (1964) starring Merry Anders, Preston Foster, Philip Carey, John Hoyt, Steve Franken

Synopsis of The Time Travelers

In The Time Travelers, four scientists step through a time portal, travels 107 years into the future and find a barren underground post-nuclear war world where a handful of “normal humans” are being attacked by mutants.


Yes, The Time Travelers is a B-movie.  But, it’s a rather enjoyable B-movie, despite its’ low budget.  The acting is quite good, as is the basic story.  There are several excellent moments along the way, as the lady time traveler protects a mutant from being killed by one of the fearful future humans.  These “ancient” people (107 years) show the future people some of the virtues of humanity that they’ve forgotten.

The future people haven’t become cruel, but after years of being hunted by the mutants, they expect the worst.  And they’re fighting against time.  They hope to leave the planet, flying to the stars to colonize another world, before the mutants break in and slaughter them all.

Along the way, several of the special effects are actually magician tricks.  No camera tricks needed, such as removing the head of a worker android.  Or, in a cameo appearance, Forrest J. Ackerman “squares the circle”.  And the “disappearing man” illusion.  And, there are several touches of humor to lighten the dark mood as well, especially with Danny.

Are there negatives?  Probably the largest is the ending of the movie, which isn’t satisfactory at all.  In fact, it lowers my rating from 3 stars down to 2.

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Editorial review of The Time Travelers courtesy of

After a nuclear holocaust, a group of scientists travel to the future and find a world in tatters, where the human survivors must constantly defend themselves against mutated beasts. Upon seeing the future of the earth, the men would like to return to 1964, but find it may not be possible.

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