The Last Man on Earth (1924 film)

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The Last Man on Earth
The Last Man on Earth 1924 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John G. Blystone
Written by Donald W. Lee
John D. Swain
Starring Earle Foxe
Grace Cunard
Gladys Tennyson
Derelys Perdue
Maurice Murphy
Clarissa Selwynne
Music by Erno Rapee
Cinematography Allen M. Davey
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release date
  • November 2, 1924 (1924-11-02) (U.S.)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
(English intertitles)

The Last Man on Earth is a 1924 American silent comedy film directed by John G. Blystone, starring Earle Foxe[1] and produced by Fox Film Corporation and loosely based on Mary Shelley's 1826 novel The Last Man.[citation needed] The film was remade as the semi-musical comedy It's Great to Be Alive (1933), and influenced the sci-fi novel Mr. Adam (1946).


In the year 1950, a plague known as "masculitis" has killed every fertile man on Earth over the age of 14. Womankind takes over the world and a woman becomes President of the United States.

Meanwhile, a female aviator, Gertie (Grace Cunard), flying over a redwood forest, finds smoke rising from the chimney of a cabin, where she discovers a reclusive hillbilly named Elmer Smith (Earle Foxe). He is captured and examined at a hospital. All the women in the world soon begin to fight over Smith.


Preservation status[edit]

Copies of The Last Man on Earth are held in the Cinematheque Royale de Belgique in Brussels and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.[2][3]


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