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World, the Flesh and the Devil, The (1959)

Miner Harry Belafonte lives through an atomic attack and meets two other survivors when he arrives in devastated New York City – gorgeous Inger Stevens and bigoted Mel Ferrer.

Can the two men overcome their mutual hatred of each other? And who will get the girl?

worldfleshdevil8Passionate, earnest and totally daft, this post-holocaust racial allegory takes its inspiration from MP Shiel’s novel The Purple Cloud.

Aside from a few impressively mounted sequences on the deserted Manhattan streets where the two men stalk each other, this eternal triangle plea for harmony is ultimately condescending and unbelievable.

Ralph Burton
Harry Belafonte
Sarah Crandall
Inger Stevens
Benson Thacker
Mel Ferrer

Ranald MacDougall