The Story of Mankind

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Here is the most far-out courtroom thriller you’ll ever see. The setting is outer space, the defendant is all of us and the issue is whether we should be allowed to survive. Defending counsel, the Spirit of Man (Ronald Colman), says yes. read more

Here is the most far-out courtroom thriller you’ll ever see. The setting is outer space, the defendant is all of us and the issue is whether we should be allowed to survive. Defending counsel, the Spirit of Man (Ronald Colman), says yes. Prosecuting counsel, the Devil (Vincent Price), says no. And each presents historical evidence in vignettes that feature Hedy Lamarr as Joan of Arc, Dennis Hopper as Napoleon, Harpo Marx as Isaac Newton, plus Groucho, Chico, Virginia Mayo, Peter Lorre, Charles Coburn, Agnes Moorehead—25 stars in all! Produced, directed and co-written by Irwin Allen (The Poseidon Adventure), this uncommon curio is Colman’s final film and the last time the three Marx Brothers appeared in the same movie.

Original Release

11/08/1957

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Cast

Harpo Marx Sir Isaac Newton
Groucho Marx Peter Minuit
Chico Marx Monk
Hedy Lamarr Joan of Arc
Ronald Colman The Spirit of Man
Agnes Moorehead Queen Elizabeth I
Virginia Mayo Cleopatra
Vincent Price Mr. Scratch - The Devil
Peter Lorre Nero
Charles Coburn Hippocrates
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Irwin Allen

Writers

Irwin Allen, Charles Bennett, Henrik Van Loon

Cast

Harpo Marx Sir Isaac Newton
Groucho Marx Peter Minuit
Chico Marx Monk
Hedy Lamarr Joan of Arc
Ronald Colman The Spirit of Man
Agnes Moorehead Queen Elizabeth I
Virginia Mayo Cleopatra
Vincent Price Mr. Scratch - The Devil
Peter Lorre Nero
Charles Coburn Hippocrates
Cedric Hardwicke High Judge
Cesar Romero Spanish Envoy
John Carradine Pharaoh Khufu
Dennis Hopper Napoleon Bonaparte
Marie Wilson Marie Antoinette
Helmut Dantine Marc Antony
Edward Everett Horton Sir Walter Raleigh
Reginald Gardiner William Shakespeare
Marie Windsor Josephine Bonaparte
George E. Stone Waiter

Producers

Editors

Gene Palmer

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