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The Story of Mankind (8-Nov-1957)

Director: Irwin Allen

Writers: Irwin Allen; Charles Bennett

From novel by: Henrik Van Loon

Music Composed and Conducted by: Paul Sawtell

Producer: Irwin Allen

Keywords: Drama

The fate of mankind is on trial in the heavens, prompted by the development on Earth of a "Super H-bomb"; prosecuting is Vincent Price as the Devil, and defending is the "Spirit of Mankind", Ronald Colman in his final film role. For both sides, a parade of guest stars and Warner stock footage makes their cases. Not a great film by any stretch, it is far from uninteresting.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Francis X. Bushman
Actor
10-Jan-1883 23-Aug-1966 Ben-Hur
John Carradine
Actor
5-Feb-1906 27-Nov-1988 In over 200 B movies
Charles Coburn
Actor
17-Jun-1877 30-Aug-1961 The More the Merrier
Ronald Colman
Actor
9-Feb-1891 19-May-1958 A Double Life
Melville Cooper
Actor
15-Oct-1896 31-Mar-1973 The Adventures of Robin Hood
Nick Cravat
Actor
11-Jan-1912 29-Jan-1994 The Crimson Pirate
Dani Crayne
Actor
25-Dec-1934   Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend
Henry Daniell
Actor
5-Mar-1894 31-Oct-1963 British-American character actor
Helmut Dantine
Actor
7-Oct-1917 2-May-1982 Edge of Darkness
Anthony Dexter
Actor
19-Jan-1913 27-Mar-2001 Valentino
Reginald Gardiner
Actor
27-Feb-1903 7-Jul-1980 English-American character actor
Cedric Hardwicke
Actor
19-Feb-1893 6-Aug-1964 Suspicion
Dennis Hopper
Actor
17-May-1936 29-May-2010 Apocalypse Now
Edward Everett Horton
Actor
18-Mar-1886 29-Sep-1970 Prolific 1930s comedic actor
Hedy Lamarr
Actor
9-Nov-1913 19-Jan-2000 Actress, invented frequency hopping
Peter Lorre
Actor
26-Jun-1904 23-Mar-1964 The Maltese Falcon
Chico Marx
Actor
22-Mar-1887 11-Oct-1961 An Italian con-man of a Marx Brother
Groucho Marx
Comic
2-Oct-1890 19-Aug-1977 You Bet Your Life
Harpo Marx
Actor
23-Nov-1888 28-Sep-1964 Silent harp-playing Marx Brother
Virginia Mayo
Actor
30-Nov-1920 17-Jan-2005 South Sea Woman
Marvin Miller
Actor
18-Jul-1913 8-Feb-1985 Michael Anthony on The Millionaire
Agnes Moorehead
Actor
6-Dec-1900 30-Apr-1974 Endora on Bewitched
Cathy O'Donnell
Actor
6-Jul-1923 11-Apr-1970 They Live by Night
Franklin Pangborn
Actor
23-Jan-1888 20-Jul-1958 Character actor, 1920s to 1950s
Vincent Price
Actor
27-May-1911 25-Oct-1993 Master of the macabre
Ziva Rodann
Actor
2-Mar-1935   Last Train from Gun Hill
Cesar Romero
Actor
15-Feb-1907 1-Jan-1994 The Joker on Batman
Harry Ruby
Songwriter
27-Jan-1895 23-Feb-1974 Who's Sorry Now?
William Schallert
Actor
6-Jul-1922   Martin Lane on The Patty Duke Show
Abraham Sofaer
Actor
1-Oct-1896 21-Jan-1988 The Naked Jungle
Marie Wilson
Actor
19-Aug-1916 23-Nov-1972 My Friend Irma
Marie Windsor
Actor
11-Dec-1919 10-Dec-2000 The Killing

CAST

Ronald Colman   ...   Spirit of Man
Hedy Lamarr   ...   Joan of Arc
Groucho Marx   ...   Peter Minuit
Harpo Marx   ...   Isaac Newton
Chico Marx   ...   Monk
Virginia Mayo   ...   Cleopatra
Agnes Moorehead   ...   Queen Elizabeth I
Vincent Price   ...   Devil
Peter Lorre   ...   Nero
Charles Coburn   ...   Hippocrates
Cedric Hardwicke   ...   High Judge
Cesar Romero   ...   Spanish Envoy
John Carradine   ...   Khufu
Dennis Hopper   ...   Napoleon
Marie Wilson   ...   Marie Antoinette
Helmut Dantine   ...   Marc Antony
Edward Everett Horton   ...   Sir Walter Raleigh
Reginald Gardiner   ...   William Shakespeare
Marie Windsor   ...   Josephine
George E. Stone   ...   Waiter
Cathy O'Donnell   ...   Early Christian
Franklin Pangborn   ...   Marquis de Varennes
Melville Cooper   ...   Major Domo
Henry Daniell   ...   Bishop of Beauvais
Francis X. Bushman   ...   Moses
with
Jim Ameche   ...   Alexander Graham Bell
David Bond   ...   Early Christian
Nick Cravat   ...   Devil's Apprentice
Dani Crayne   ...   Helen of Troy
Richard Cutting   ...   Attendant
Anthony Dexter   ...   Christopher Columbus
Toni Gerry   ...   Wife
Austin Green   ...   Abraham Lincoln
Eden Hartford   ...   Laughing Water
Alexander Lockwood   ...   Promoter
Melinda Marx   ...   Early Christian
Bart Mattson   ...   Cleopatra's Brother
Don Megowan   ...   Early Man
Marvin Miller   ...   Armana
Nancy Miller   ...   Early Woman
Leonard Mudie   ...   Chief Inquisitor
Burt Nelson   ...   Second Early Man
Tudor Owen   ...   Clerk
Ziva Rodann   ...   Concubine
Harry Ruby   ...   Indian Brave
William Schallert   ...   Earl of Warwick
Reginald Sheffield   ...   Julius Caesar
Abraham Sofaer   ...   Indian Chief
Bobby Watson   ...   Adolf Hitler

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