'''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9miqKm0aB0 The Time Machine]]''''' is a 1960 film adaptation by George Pal of Creator/HGWells' science fiction novel ''Literature/TheTimeMachine''.
There are many changes from the novel, with Wells's socialist critique reimagined as an anti-war parable. After the Time-Traveler, called "George" in this version, demonstrates his invention, most of his colleagues criticize him for inventing something which they consider to have no practical value (''it's a fricking time machine, morons!'') and wonder why a man of his genius isn't [[ArmsDealer inventing weapons]] for Britain to use in the SecondBoerWar like a good patriotic citizen should be. Only David Filby shares George's idealism, though he warns him to destroy the time machine before it destroys him.
George sets off for the future, stopping to see the effects of WorldWarI, the Blitz of WorldWarII, and finally the nuclear holocaust of WorldWarIII. George's arrival in the year 802701 plays out similarly to the original, though with the Eloi [[EternalEnglish speaking English]] and Weena being PromotedToLoveInterest. The BackStory of the Eloi and the Morlocks is altered, with both being the descendants of people who survived in bunkers during World War III. When the war ended after three centuries, some people chose to remain underground, becoming the Morlocks, while others chose to take their chances on the surface, becoming the Eloi. The Morlocks are, of course, portrayed in the typical 1950s monster movie fashion.
The film concludes with a climax in which a group of Eloi, including Weena, are captured in the Morlocks' underground lair. George rescues them and [[TrainingThePeacefulVillagers teaches them to stand up for themselves]]. After briefly returning to his own time, George heads back to 802701, bringing [[RuleOfThree three books]] with which to begin rebuilding civilization. The audience is [[RiddleForTheAges left to wonder which three books he chose]].
!!Tropes from the 1960 film version which weren't in the book:
* ActingForTwo: Not only does Creator/AlanYoung play David Filby, but he plays James Filby, both young and old as well.
* ApocalypticLog: The "talking rings", which dictate news broadcasts when spun upon a dais. The two heard in the film relay information about a war, and the separation of the Eloi and the Morlocks to the Time Traveler.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: George's colleagues (except Filby) don't believe his story, despite his having returned all beaten up, and the fact that the flower he brought doesn't exist yet and could not have grown during the winter.
* BrownNote: The Air-Raid Sirens. Over 800,000 years, the Eloi have been subconsciously conditioned to react to the noise by seeking refuge underground. So much so that they will blindly walk into the Morlock's lair in a hypnotic trance.
-->'''Eloi:''' It's all clear.
* ColdWar: In the movie's universe, it turned hot in 1966. Essentially, the movie's whole message is about the Cold War, which now seems especially dated for a movie that travels so far into the future. It must be said, however, that traveling so far into the future does drive home the movie's point that a global nuclear war is something which humanity would still be paying for thousands of years later.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Most of the Eloi are dressed in pale colours, but Weena wears bright coral pink so you can pick her out in a crowd.
* CompositeCharacter: In the book, the Time Traveller has a group of friends he tells about the Time Machine, including the unnamed narrator and a young man named Philby. In the film, there's just Filby.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: After London gets nuked in 1966, everything around catches on fire, except for the protagonist of course. Oh, and the grass he's standing on.
* DawsonCasting: A forty-year-old Creator/AlanYoung playing an eighteen year old James Filby.
* EternalEnglish: In the book the Eloi had their own language which The Time Traveler didn't understand, here they speak English ''over 800,000 years'' later. Presumably the talking rings have something to do with this.
-->'''Talking ring:''' The war between East and West, which is now in its three hundred and twenty sixth year...
* IdenticalGrandson: Filby's son is likewise played by Alan Young, minus the moustache and Scottish accent. The Time Traveller naturally mistakes him for his father during his jaunt 20 years into the future.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: Though the Time Traveler is referred to as "George", the machine's date indicator plate clearly reads "Manufactured by H. George Wells" meaning the Time Traveller's actual name is... Creator/HGWells.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: The Time Traveller is addressed as "George", and his full name is visible on a plaque on the machine.
* NextSundayAD: The Time Traveler witnesses a nuclear holocaust... ''in 1966''. This could even border on TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, with 1966 London full of skyscrapers and having shiny monorail, not to mention "tubeless TV" on window display.
* NoNewFashionsInTheFuture: The Eloi women love their '50s hair. Weena, whose attitude and interests are akin to a child, even calls attention to it by asking George how the women of his time wear their hair.
* NubileSavage: Weena.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Former TropeNamer, by way of both the 2002 film and this one. In the novel, the time traveler forms a bond with an Eloi woman named Weena, who, like all Eloi, is a child-sized androgynous-looking creature mentally on the level of an eight-year old. However, the film turns Weena into a love interest, looking human.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Time Traveler goes forward in time at the speed of thousands of years every second, yet he can still see the wall behind him being built, block by block. Travelling this fast, he should barely be able to see any building ''last'', considering the lifespan of most structures mankind built.
* StrandedWithEdison: Implied by the ending. When Wells leaves after telling his friend Filby about his adventures, he takes three books from his vast library. Filby asks the housekeeper (and the audience), "If you were going to start civilization over again, which three books would you choose?"
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: Making the whole anti-war message something of a BrokenAesop.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: George mistakes Filby's son for his father.
* UndyingLoyalty: Filby, executor of George's state, firmly refuses to sell the house and has it shut even after his death, believing the traveller would return some day.