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.)
  • Prop Recycling:
    • The grand staircase leading up to the great dome is a famous MGM landmark built for the 1944 version of Kismet that showed up in numerous films and TV shows over the years.
    • The globe in the back ground when George is listening to the information rings was used in Forbidden Planet as the navigation sphere.
    • 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.


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