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With: Robert Clarke, Darlene Tompkins, Vladimir Sokoloff, Boyd 'Red' Morgan, Stephen Bekassy, Arianne Ulmer, John Van Dreelen, Ken Knox, Jack Herman, Don Flournoy, Tom Ravick, James 'Ike' Altgens, William Shephard, Neil Fletcher, John Loughney
Written by: Arthur C. Pierce
Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer
MPAA Rating: NR
Language: English
Running Time: 75
Date: 31/07/1960

Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Future Feature

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The Austrian-born Edgar G. Ulmer reportedly helped the set design for some of the great German Expressionist films before trying to make a go as a director in Hollywood. He started in "B" movies and never stopped, but created some genuine low-budget masterworks. Beyond the Time Barrier (1960) was one of his last films, and arguably one of his cheapest, shot in about a week at the site of a world's fair in Texas, and shot side-by-side with another cheapie, The Amazing Transparent Man. It concerns a test pilot (Robert Clarke, who also produced) who accidentally cracks the time barrier and winds up in the future, where a plague has turned the world into a living nightmare. Darlene Tompkins plays the pretty, mute, telepathic princess who falls for the pilot (I guess she didn't have many options). Ulmer cast his daughter Arianne as " Captain Markova," and his wife Shirley was the script editor.

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