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Five

Intriguing in theme, but depressing in its assumption. Five ranks high in the class of out-of-the-ordinary pix. It is the story of the last five persons on earth, survivors of an atom blast which turns thriving cities into ghost towns.

Intriguing in theme, but depressing in its assumption. Five ranks high in the class of out-of-the-ordinary pix. It is the story of the last five persons on earth, survivors of an atom blast which turns thriving cities into ghost towns.

Writer-producer-director Arch Oboler has injected vivid imagination into the production, but draws a little too much on his radio technique. Principal criticism lies in its dearth of action. However, interest is sustained in suspenseful situations and convincing dialog.

Oboler has selected his characters with care. William Phipps and Susan Douglas are effective as the love interest, with James Anderson doing a commendable job as the heavy. Charles Lampkin is competent as the sole Negro in a minute white world, while Earl Lee makes the most of his role as a bank teller who because of his horror-stricken mind, believes he’s on ‘vacation’ from his job.

Five

  • Production: Oboler/Columbia. Director Arch Oboler; Producer Arch Oboler; Screenplay Arch Oboler; Camera Louis Clyde Stoumen; Editor John Hoffman; Music Henry Russell; Art Director Arch Oboler
  • Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1951. Running time: 93 MIN.
  • With: William Phipps Susan Douglas James Anderson Charles Lampkin Earl Lee
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