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Things To Come (1936)
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Things To Come (1936) Along one hundred year, mankind lives a long period of war from 1940 to 1966; then a plague destroys half of the worldwide population; and finally a group of scientists reconstruct the society bringing progress. Each one of these eras is disclosed in the city of Everytown, in England: during the war, the city is completely destroyed. Then with the plague, the ill people called wanderings are killed by the survivors. One day, a weird airplane lands and the pilot tells that he belongs to a scientific community called Wings Over the World and their mission is to rebuild the societies, using a gas to make people peaceful. In 2036, in a modern Everytown, an opponent of the progress raises the population against the system.

Movie Tagline:
What will the next hundred years bring to mankind?

Title: Things To Come
Release Date: April 17, 1936
Runtime: 100 mins
Genre: Sci-Fi
All Genres: Sci-Fi
Languages: English
Country: UK
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Buried.com Rating: 7.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With T

MPAA Rating: PG

William Cameron Menzies

Raymond Massey ...John Cabal / Oswald Cabal
Edward Chapman ...Pippa Passworthy / Raymond Passworthy
Ralph Richardson ...The Boss
Margaretta Scott ...Roxana / Rowena (as Margueretta Scott)
Cedric Hardwicke ...Theotocopulos
Maurice Braddell ...Dr. Harding
Sophie Stewart ...Mrs. Cabal
Derrick De Marney ...Richard Gordon (as Derrick de Marney)
Ann Todd ...Mary Gordon
Pearl Argyle ...Catherine Cabal
Kenneth Villiers ...Maurice Passworthy
Ivan Brandt ...Morden Mitani
Anne McLaren ...The Child
Patricia Hilliard ...Janet Gordon
Charles Carson ...Great Grandfather
Patrick Barr ...World Transport Official
Noel Brophy ...Irishman
John Clements ...The Airman
Anthony Holles ...Simon Burton
Allan Jeayes ...Mr. Cabal
Pickles Livingston ...Horrie Passworthy
Abraham Sofaer ...The Jew
Terry Thomas ...Man of the Future

Alexander Korda

H.G. Wells
H.G. Wells

Arthur Bliss

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Ballet for children"
"Melodrama - Attack"
"Melodrama - Pestilence"
"The world in ruins"

More Movie Taglines:
  • What will the next hundred years bring to mankind?
  • The future is here!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Raymond Passworthy: Oh, God, is there ever to be any age of happiness? Is there never to be any rest? Oswald Cabal: Rest enough for the individual man - too much, and too soon - and we call it death. But for Man, no rest and no ending. He must go on, conquest beyond conquest. First this little planet with its winds and ways, and then all the laws of mind and matter that restrain him. Then the planets about him and at last out across immensity to the stars. And when he has conquered all the deeps of space and all the mysteries of time, still he will be beginning. Raymond Passworthy: But... we're such little creatures. Poor humanity's so fragile, so weak. Little... little animals. Oswald Cabal: Little animals. If we're no more than animals, we must snatch each little scrap of happiness and live and suffer and pass, mattering no more than all the other animals do or have done. Is it this? Or that? All the universe? Or nothingness? Which shall it be, Passworthy? Which shall it be?
  • Roxana: I don't suppose any man has ever understood any woman since the beginning of things. You don't understand our imaginations.
  • John Cabal: If we don't end war, war will end us.
Movie Trivia:
  • The part of Theotocopulos was originally filmed with Ernest Thesiger in the role. The scenes were re-shot with Sir Cedric Hardwicke because the producers wanted a better-known actor with more "marquee value".
  • Music recorded at The Scala Theatre, Charlotte Street, London, England UK
  • The date on the newspaper in the scene in 1966 when the war ends is 21st September 1966 - which would have been the 100th birthday of H.G. Wells.
  • The Image Entertainment DVD promises a 97 minute version "restored from the original 35mm masters." The version on the disc runs only 92 minutes, shorter than some VHS versions, but has better print quality than most previous releases.
  • Before filming started, author H.G. Wells told everyone connected with the movie how much he'd hated Fritz Lang's film Metropolis (1927) and how he wanted them to do the opposite of what Lang (whom he called "Lange") and his crew had done.
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