Sunday, 13 March 2016

Vincent Price Movie of the Week | The Story of Mankind (1957)

Welcome to this week's VP movie treat, courtesy of YouTube.

Future ‘Master of Disaster’ Irwin Allen produced this 1957 big-screen adaptation of Henrik Willem Van Loon’s historical volume for Warner Bros, featuring a veritable who’s who of Hollywood favourites.

A Celestial Tribunal has been convened to decide the fate of the Earth after the invention of nuclear weapons, with Mr Scratch (aka The Devil in the form of Vincent Price) and The Spirit of Man (Ronald Colman) debating if humankind should be allowed to continue or be exterminated once and for all.

Cue: the two sides revisiting key moments in history to prove their points, and let the roll calls commence. Look out for 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 playing Peter Minuit, Sir Isaac Newton, and a monk.

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