Beyond The Time Barrier



Beyond the Time Barrier is a 1960 Cold War era black and white time travel science fiction film filmed in ten days in Texas. It was produced by and starred Robert Clarke and was directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Ulmer's wife Shirley acted as a script editor whilst their daughter Arianne Arden co-starred as a Russian pilot.<>.</>


U.S. Air Force test pilot Major Bill Allison (Robert Clarke) flies an experimental aircraft to sub-orbital spaceflight successfully but loses radio contact. He lands at his airbase that now is abandoned and seems old and unused. Mystified by his surroundings, he sees a futuristic city on the horizon where he is rendered unconscious and captured by the inhabitants.
Allison discovers that he has entered a wormhole through time and has landed in the year 2024 that contains survivors from a cosmic plague that hit the Earth starting in 1971. The inhabitants of the dystopia who are dying out live in an underground city called The Citadel. They are led by the Supreme (Vladimir Sokoloff) and his mute and telepathic granddaughter Princess Trirene (twenty-year old, at the time, Darlene Tompkins). Against them are the literal outsiders, the bald violent mutants who seek to kill everyone they can. Also present are similar accidental time travelers labeled "scapes"; the Russian Captain Markova (Arianne Ulmer) who came from 1973 and General Kruse (Stephen Bekassy) and Professor Bourman (John Van Dreelen) who have come from 1994 to escape the plague of the time.


  • Robert Clarke as Maj. William Allison
  • Darlene Tompkins as Princess Trirene
  • Vladimir Sokoloff as The Supreme
  • Boyd Morgan as Captain
  • Stephen Bekassy as Gen. Karl Kruse
  • Arianne Ulmer as Capt. Markova
  • John van Dreelen as Dr. Bourman
  • Ken Knox as Col. Marty Martin
  • Jack Herman as Dr. Richman
  • Don Flournoy as Mutant
  • Tom Ravick as Mutant
  • Ike Altgens as Secretary Lloyd Patterson
  • William Shephard as Gen. York
  • Neil Fletcher (actor) as Air Force Chief
  • John Loughney as Gen. Lamont


Producer Robert Clarke had been exhausted by both directing and acting in his The Hideous Sun Demon, so he sought a director with whom he with could work. He had previously worked with director Edgar G. Ulmer on The Man from Planet X and respected his work. As Clarke's funds were coming from Texas, the backers made him shoot the film there,
The film was originally released on a double bill with The Amazing Transparent Man, another Ulmer-directed film.

Category:1960 films
Category:1960s science fiction films
Category:American International Pictures films
Category:American science fiction films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:English-language films
Category:Films directed by Edgar G. Ulmer
Category:Time travel films

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