Trivia / The Time Machine (1960)
Acting for Two: Not only does Alan Young play David Filby, but he plays James Filby, both young and old as well.
Dawson Casting: A forty-year-old Alan Young playing an eighteen year old James Filby. Also in the Reunion Show, a 70-ish Alan Young plays the fifty-something version of Filby (but the makeup is convincing enough to have him actually look the part.)
The grand staircase leading up to the great dome is a famous MGM landmark built for the 1944 version of that showed up in numerous films and TV shows over the years.
Kismet The globe in the back ground when George is listening to the information rings was used in as the navigation sphere.
Forbidden Planet The Time Machine itself becomes a plot point in an episode of .
The Big Bang Theory Stillborn Franchise: George Pal always intended to make a sequel to The Time Machine, but he died before it could be produced.
What Could Have Been:
Singer and lyricist Peggy Lee wrote a song for the film called "The Land Of The Leal" which was not used.
Producer-director George Palís first choice for the time traveler was Paul Scofield ( Thomas More). He also considered James Mason and David Niven.
Similarly, Rod Taylor wanted Shirley Knight ( Polo, Edith Niedelmeyer) for the role of Weena.