The 2nd Agnes Moorehead Blogathon – The Story of Mankind (1957)


This is the first of three posts dedicated to The Second Agnes Moorehead Blogathon being held over at In The Good Old Days of Hollywood. Tnx Crystal for letting me take part!

(Crystal is unfortunately currently in a coma, so Gill Of RealWeegiemidget is taking over handling this blogathon.  Best of health to Crystal and she should be in all of our prayers for a quick and speedy recovery.)

“My colleague paints the prettiest pictures, not accurate but pretty.” – Mr. Scratch

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Dec 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After the Atomic Bomb is created a debate takes place on a heavenly plane as to whether humankind deserves to be saved from this new threat or not.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before doing my research for this blogathon.

I didn’t have high hopes for it, but still decided to give it a try.

Boy was I wrong!

This film gives us such an amazing premise and is able to keep things so engaging throughout.

The way that the debate between good and evil wages on throughout is done in a very powerful way especially given the way that each side is quite adept in finding ways to counter the points bough up by their adversary.

The film sports an amazing cast despite the fact that most have pretty small roles that would be deemed cameos today, yet are still effective in presenting things here.

The highlights are the skits featuring the Marx Brothers, Agnes Moorehead as Queen Elizabeth I and Charles Coburn as Hippocrates.

The film’s leads are played by Ronald Colman and Vincent Price as the personifications of good and evil and they are both superb here and make the story so powerful to watch unfold.

The film might have been even more powerful if it had a longer running time because certain scenes feel a bit too rushed.

The message of the film is quite timeless and still resonates so well even after more than 60 years.

Bottom Line – Such a wonderful premise that works so well. The way that the debate rages on between the two sides is quite powerful especially when they keep finding counter points for the points brought up by the other side. The cast of this film is superb and they really are able to get so many stars to play bit parts in this film, yet they are still quite effective throughout. The highlights are The Marx Brothers in two skits, Moorehead as Queen Elizabeth I and Coburn as Hippocrates.  The two debaters are played by Colman and Price exquisitely and help make things so powerful to watch. The biggest problem with this film is its relatively short runtime because it might have been even more powerful if many of the skits didn’t feel rushed a bit too much. The film’s message is great and remain so timeless in all that they are trying to say here since the issues still resonate even after 6 decades. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Irwin Allen managed to assemble his all-star cast by promising them they would only be filming for one day and that they would get paid $25,000 for doing so. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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