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Back From Eternity


1956       Anita Ekberg

The possible answer to 'many South American jungle disappearances of noted explorers and whole expeditions is the background theme of RKO's Back From Eternity adventure drama.

Produced and directed by John Farrow, a recognized authority on jungle lore - having served with the U. S. Marines in Nicaragua, Haiti, and other tropical areas
the new picture deals realistically with the changing emotions of eleven plane accident survivors caught in the exotic but deadly labyrinth of trackless equatorial forest.

Screen play by Jonathan Latimer concentrates on each of the eleven's reactions as hopes of rescue fade and Jivaro headhunter tom-toms are heard above the noises of the living jungle.

Robert Ryan will be seen as the ex-Air Force ace who crash-lands a transport plane in the unexplored region. Starred with him, in the role of a wandering romantic playgirl, is lovely Anita Ekberg, one of the world's most beautiful women.

Hollywood's outstanding new star, Rod Steiger, portrays a fugitive assassin under arrest and finally as a one-man tribunal which decrees life

or death for his fellow survivors.

Co-starred in other key roles are Phyllis Kirk, Keith Andes and Gene Barry and the cast includes such capable performers as Fred Clark, Beulah Bondi, Cameron Prudhomme, Jesse White, Adele Mara and young Jon Provost.
Back From Eternity is based on the story by Richard Carroll. Unusual pictorial effects are credited to William Mellor.

Hollywood's stars are extremely healthy people, according to Lloyd's of London, whose doctors give physical examinations to players prior to the start of a picture.

For RKO's Back From Eternity eleven performers and Producer-Director John Farrow had to pass the strict Lloyd's of London stipulations.

If and when an insured actor is incapacitated because of sickness, and the film company cannot work during his absence, Lloyd's must reimburse the motion picture firm for the loss of this time.

Doctors advise Mr. Average Man to take a physical examination at least once a year, but most Hollywood stars are required to get six or eight whether they like it or not.

For Robert Ryan, Back From Eternity was his eighth consecutive film assignment calling for a physical check-up. He was immediately "cleared" along with glamorous Anita Ekberg, Rod Steiger, Phyllis Kirk, Keith Andes, Gene Barry, Fred Clark, Beulah Bondi, Cameron Prud'homme, Jesse White and Adele Mara.

Honors for the highest health score went to lovely Miss Ekberg. The examining doctor wrote on the star's chart, "She is as nearly perfect inside as she is out."

Back From Eternity is a romantic adventure drama dealing with a small group of survivors lost in the South American jungle after the crash-landing of their transport plane.

Back From Eternity promises to be one of the season's most thrilling motion pictures. Featuring a fine group of Hollywood names, it was made for RKO by Producer-Director John Farrow.


Starring Robert Ryan, Anita Ekberg and Rod Steiger, this new adventure drama deals with a sudden and unexpected doomsday in the lives of eleven plane-crash survivors marooned in the Jivaro headhunter region of South America's jungle wilderness. Ryan, well-known romantic strongman of many motion-picture situations, portrays the airplane pilot who turns out to be less of a fatalist than he pretends.

Blonde, famous Miss Ekberg will be seen as the typical problem child of the world's immigration offices, a girl without a country. Hollywood's newest headliner, Rod Steiger, has the role of a condemned revolutionary assassin being returned to his South Ameri can homeland for execution.

Other "passengers" in the cast away eleven are portrayed by co stars Phyllis Kirk, Keith Andes and Gene Barry. Among the film's distinguished supporting players are Fred Clark, Beulah Bondi, Cameron Prud'homme, Jesse White, Adele Mara and young Jon Provost.

Screen play for Back From Eternity was written by Jona than Latimer from the story by Richard Carroll. Dramatic action, compressed into a brief time pe riod, is said to parallel in some respects the recent massacre of American missionaries by Amazon jungle savages.




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Cast of Back From Eternity

Bill .......................... ROBERT RYAN
Rena .......................... ANITA EKBERG
Vasquel .......................... ROD STEIGER
Louise .......................... PHYLLIS KIRK
Joe .......................... KEITH ANDES
Ellis .......................... GENE BARRY
Crimp .......................... FRED CLARK
Martha .......................... BEULAH BONDI
Henry .......................... CAMERON PRUD'HOMME
Pete .......................... JESSE WHITE
Maria .......................... ADELE MARA
Tommy .......................... JON PROVOST









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