Strange New World: George Pal’s THE TIME MACHINE (MGM 1960)

The best of all the H.G. Wells Adaptations and my personal favorite.

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George Pal (1908-1980) made movies full of wonder and imagination. The Hungarian born Pal got his start in film by creating “Puppetoons”, stop-motion animated shorts that delighted audiences in the 1930s and 40s (my personal favorites are JOHN HENRY and TUBBY THE TUBA). Some of these featured the character Jasper, a stereotyped black child always getting in some sort of trouble. Pal saw Jasper as closer in spirit to Huckleberry Finn than Stepin Fetchit, but by 1949 he  abandoned the “Puppetoons” altogether to concentrate on producing features, beginning with THE GREAT RUPERT, a Christmas fantasy starring Jimmy Durante. Pal produced a string of sci-fi hits in the early 50s (DESTINATION MOON, WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE, WAR OF THE WORLDS, CONQUEST OF SPACE), and began directing his films with 1958’s “tom thumb”. Having had his biggest success with the H.G. Wells adaptation WAR OF THE WORLDS, Pal produced and directed another Wells classic, the sci-fi/fantasy masterpiece THE TIME…

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2 thoughts on “Strange New World: George Pal’s THE TIME MACHINE (MGM 1960)

  1. Is it snowing on your blog? I think its giving me a seizure!! Just kidding! I adore this movie too! And even with better special effects, the recent remake doesn’t hold a candle to this version! I see you are a fan, too! Great minds!

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