The World the Flesh and the Devil (1958)

35mm film, CinemaScope, Panavision (anamorphic), black and white, 2.35:1
mono (Westrex Recording System), 4-track stereo, English

An American science fiction film directed by Ranald MacDougall.

Plot Summary

Trapped in a cave-in, miner Ralph Burton emerges to find that he's survived a holocaust that has destroyed most of the rest of the population. In an otherwise deserted New York City he finds Sarah Crandall and Benson Thacker and a potentially deadly relationship forms between them.


Directed by: Ranald MacDougall
© MCMLVIII [1958] by Loew's Incorporated
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents a Sol C. Siegel production. Made by Sol C. Siegel Productions, Inc. and HarBel Productions, Inc. Released by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Produced by: George Englund
Screen Play by: Ranald MacDougall
Screen Story [] by: Ferdinand Reyher
Suggested by a story [The Purple Cloud by Matthew Phipps Shiel
Director of Photography: Harold J. Marzorati
Film Editor: Harold F. Kress
Music by: Miklos Rozsa
Recording Supervisor: Franklin Milton
Inger Stevens' Wardrobe Selected by: Kitty Mager
Make-Up by: William Tuttle
Hair Styles by: Sydney Guilaroff
Special Effects: Lee LeBlanc
Art Directors: William A. Horning and Paul Groesse
Locations: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Harry Belafonte (Ralph Burton)
Inger Stevens (Sarah Crandall)
Mel Ferrer (Benson Thacker)

Alternative Titles

The End of the World – working title
La fine del mondo – Italy
Le Monde, la chair et le diable – France
De sista människorna – Sweden
Los últimos sobrevivientes – Venezuela
Viimeiset ihmiset – Finland
Die Welt, das Fleisch und der Teufel – Austria, West Germany

Extracts included in
Out of this World Super Shock Show (2007)



  • Motion Picture Herald vol.214 no.7 (21 February 1959) pp.25-26 – illustrated article (17 in 8 months is MGM recipe for box office dessrt)