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The Story of Mankind is a 1957 American fantasy film, based on the nonfiction book The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon, which is notable mostly for its campness, and for featuring an ensemble of notable Hollywood performers in the last years of their careers. The film was former publicist Irwin Allen's first attempt at directing live actors after his documentaries The Sea Around Us and The Animal World. Like Allen's previous two films, it features vast amounts of stock footage, in this case, battles and action scenes culled from previous Warner Bros. costume films, coupled with cheaply-shot close-ups of actors on much smaller sets. It was the last film picture to feature the three Marx Brothers (and their only filmed in color), although they are seen in separate scenes rather than acting together. It was also the last film of star Ronald Colman and of character actor Franklin Pangborn, and the last American film of Hedy Lamarr. Scientists have developed a weapon, called...
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