Notes: Based on Jules Verne's Career of a Comet.
Michael Denning: Sean McClory
Hector: Cesare Danova
Deena: Joan Staley
Also starring Danielle de Metz, Gregg Martell,
and the ubiquitous footage from One Million BC (1940).

Produced: Byron Roberts
Directed: Edward Bernds
Story: Donald Zimbalist
Screenplay: Edward Bernds
Executive Producer: Alfred Zimbalist

Summary: "Jules Verne was an imaginative genius, 100 years ahead of his time." So much of his science fiction has become fact, who's to say this story won't, huh? Well?

Algeria 1881 sees "swarms of humanity." Outside the city Irishman Michael Denning and Frenchman Captain Hector (Servidinc?) duel over a woman. On the count of ten, comet-related cataclysms sweep off their seconds while they clutch the ground. When all is calm, they suspend the duel and see that the city has been replaced by lush vegetation and a pterodon. They can't find the North Star or the moon and decide the earth has changed course; perhaps they are the last survivors. Neanderthals attack them with stone axes, but Hector saves Michael's life and they spend their only two bullets. Now the duel is off in favor of berries and game: "We'll try to bag some."

They witness the mongoose/snake battle from One Million B.C. (1940) and lose their appetites. Giant lizard footage prompts, "What kind of nightmare world is this?" "A world of the past--a hundred thousand years past." More cruel footage of lizards fighting follows.

In a cave, a giant spider flops onto Hector and this time Michael, after extracting himself from the web, saves Hector's life by spearing the spider. That night, the moon seems gigantic. No, "God help us, it's the earth!" Yep, one "can see the British Isles, Spain, the coast of Africa." New theory: a comet collided with earth and ripped a chunk into space. It must have done the same "1,000 centuries ago" so that "evolution might conceivably have stood still." They eat prehistoric partridge. They are careful to put out their campfire, even though a volcano is billowing.

Stock footage of mastodons is uncooperative with their hopes of getting one alone on which they "could eat for a long time." The see cave women who flee and realize that since they had a guard and they "cook food!" then "Maybe evolution didn't stand still." Footage of a black bear cub distracts us from their thievery of food and clothing. The women come back to the cave with the men of the tribe. Michael and Hector change into cave clothing, which initially seems irrationally since it's cumbersome and awkward, but is necessary in order to make more stock footage work correctly, for after sighting another war party of shell-people, more One Million B.C. footage has Hector chased by a mastodon, shaken off a tree into the water, and floating unconscious until washed ashore and discovered by a blond cave-woman. She takes him to her shell-people camp and fends of hostile males and curious females. Hector shaves, the woman Deena feeds him, and they exchange nouns (food, stone, bird, water, and "cheri"); they kiss.

Meanwhile, Michael saves an old man from the rock tribe during a hunting mishap (more stock footage). He is brought into the tribe, a brunette feeds him, and Anoka is jealous. They fight, but it is halted. Michael makes a sling and whacks Anoka.

Hector and Deena swim. He considers sulphur, knows of charcoal at the campfire, and but for potassium nitrate he might create "Boom." Scraping some of the last from a cave wall, he hears Deena scream. Weird monsters chase her but hate sunlight. The two are safe but separated. The rock tribe captures Deena, who, seeing Michael, appeals, "Friend. Friend. Help." Ah, so Hector is alive. The brunette is sad, but Michael explains, "You belong to me, only you." He takes Deena back with some other cavemen. After a near attack and the reunion of the Europeans, the volcano blows. Stock footage of lava and dying lizards. Afterwards, the rock tribe is trapped by stock footage lizards, especially an iguana, in their caves. Jabbing doesn't work; rocks from above doesn't work; dynamite creating an avalanche does.

The tribes are on the verge of fighting again, but Hector and Michael show "good will" as an example. Hector has been studying the heavens and has decided that they'll be close to earth again in seven years and can work on planning what to do. Smirking at their women, they decide that's "not too long," "no, not long at all."

Commentary: This is, I suppose, an impressive job of blenderizing Verne's idea with stock footage, but hell, just read the book and watch One Million B.C.! Having seen the footage before (a dozen times for some of it) makes this pretty tedious viewing. Use of the bloody fighting-lizards footage by now has turned into obsessive compulsive cruelty.