Trailer Tuesday: The Time Machine (1960)

Directed by the legendary George Pal (Tom Thumb, The 7 Faces Of Dr. Lao) and starring Rod Taylor (The Birds, Inglourious Basterds), Alan Young (Mr. Ed, Mr. Belvedere Goes to College, Duck Tales), and the beautiful Yvette Mimieux (Where The Boys Are, Black Hole). While not exactly 100% faithful to the classic novel by H.G. Wells, it probably comes the closest to the source material.

I have the TBS Sunday Morning Movie to thank for my love of not only the film but the book it was based on. A lot of my love for classic films were started right here with the Time Machine. This is one of those rare films for me, I can just watch it over and over again. It also has an absolutely moving soundtrack:

If you’ve not had the chance to watch this classic Sci-Fi film, do yourself a favor and seek it out. A big thanks to Fraserw2 for the theatrical trailer and to Lordhelmchen76 for the score excerpt.


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One thought on “Trailer Tuesday: The Time Machine (1960)

  1. Roger David Holland says:

    I could not agree with you more. I am 56 and vividly remember seeing it the first time. Seeing the Morlocks scared me so bad, I had to have someone go ahead of me and turn the bathroom light on for me. Have you ever read the sequel in paperback written by George Pal? I highly recommend it. I think it was called The Time Machine II. BTW love your site.

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