Welcome to our "Movies... For Free!" column, showcasing classic movies freely available in the public domain (with streaming video!). This weekend, continuing our b-movie theme we present the second part of a double-feature...
Last Woman on Earth, 1960.
Directed by Roger Corman.
Starring Betsy Jones-Moreland, Anthony Carbone, and Robert Towne (as Edward Wain).
Newlywed couple Harold and Evelyn Gern (Carbone and Jones-Moreland) are honeymooning in Puerto Rico along with Harold’s lawyer and friend Martin Joyce (Academy Award winning screenwriter Robert Towne, credited here as Edward Wain). After emerging from a scuba-diving session to discover that oxygen has somehow disappeared from the atmosphere, the trio realise that the island’s inhabitants have suffocated and that they may be the last remaining humans left alive.
The three survivors attempt to co-exist in this post-apocalyptic world but Harold and Martin are soon drawn into a love-triangle with Evelyn. Struggling to deal with the hopelessness of their situation, the tension and paranoia builds to a dramatic conclusion as two men fight for the ultimate prize – the Last Woman on Earth.
Roger Corman’s b-movie sci-fi thriller was shot on location in Puerto Rico and is a perfect example of his ultra low budget style. The film was shot back-to-back with two other productions (Battle of Blood Island (1960) and Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)), and is notable as the debut for Chinatown scribe Robert Towne, who provided the script and was also cast as Martin Joyce to save costs while filming on location.
Last Woman on Earth was released in cinemas in 1961 as a double-feature with another Corman production, The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), which you can also view right here.
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