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IT SMASHES THE TIME BARRIER...

AND YOU TAKE THE GREATEST ADVENTURE OF YOUR LIFE!

You spin through the 4th Dimension into the year 800,000 A.D. Here is the
Earth as it will look after a billion tomorrows, inhabited by creatures as yet unknown,
ruled by passions yet unimagined. A wolrd beyond your wildest dreams or nightmares!

 

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Presented here is the original 1960 8x10 color set of stills
(place your cursor over the image and desriptions will appear in your lower left status bar)

      The half-man, half-ape creatures of 800,000 years in the future, depicted in "The Time Machine," George Pal's imaginative new color production for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, gave MGM's make-up head, William Tuttle, the greatest challenge of his 25 years in Hollywood. The actors portraying these people, called the Morlocks, required two-and-a-half hours daily in the studio's make-up department before going before the cameras.

Pressbook of The Time Machine

Pressbooks are interesting in that they show what was available to the theater owners to promote the film for their theater. In the case of The Time Machine the 1960 pressbook comprised 20 pages of ads, articles, posters, heralds, and other promotional tie-ins to the film.

The copy on page one reads:

A PROMOTION GOLD-MINE!

1— TERRIFIC TICKET-SELLING TV-TRAILERS!

2— GIANT SENSATION-PACKED HERALD!

3— ADS DRAMATIZE SCIENCE-FICTION WONDERS!

4— BIG EYE-STOPPING LOBBY STANDEE!

5—SIZZLING PROMOTION! UNIQUE SHOMANSHIP!


     There will be no clothes problem for girls of the future. Yvette Mimieux, who portrays a girl of 800,000 A.D. in "The Time Machine," George Pal's imaginative new color production for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, based on H.G. Wells' novel has the smallest wardrobe ever devised for an MGM film. It consists of one velvet tunic and one wreath of flowers!

This illustration was printed in the 1960 pressbook.
For those of you old enough to remember,
these would have been mimiographed not photocopied as handouts.

Click here to get a large version you can printout or download.

Maybe we should have a coloring contest?

The accompaning caption read as follows:

Coloring Contest Mat

This exciting coloring contest mat, available in 2- and 3- column sizes, illustrates all of the drama and thrills of The Time Machine. It may be used in a number of ways as an effective selling aid:

1. Plant with local newspapers for use as a coloring contest. Offer guest tickets to the winners and display winning entries in your lobby.

2. Use as a herald.

3. blow-up this mat and use as a display piece in your lobby or out front.

4. Arrange to use it in supermarkets as a bag stuffer.


     Here is the case of a man who literally had time on his hands. One sequence of "The Time Machine," George Pal's imaginative new color production for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, based on H.G. Wells' novel, featured 50 clocks which required to strike simultaneously. It was prop man Don Vanni's job to slow down the fast ones and speed up the slow ones. two "takes" did the trick.

 

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