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Publicity and Set Stills of the 1755th MGM's Release

Welcome to Morcki's inventory of George Pal's "The Time Machine" publicity and set stills. These pages are dedicated to presenting the full series of the photographs used as promotional material when the movie was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1960. You will also find some beautiful images used for technical purposes. The author of almost all the photographs presented in this website is named Frank Shugrue.

Morcki 's inventory

The photographs used to promote The Time Machine (1960) are classified into five groups. The first includes all the images Selected by the MGM publicity department hat we could find. There are basically two kinds of images: photos of scenes taken during filming, and studio photos where the actors pose in a setting set up for the occasion. But all these images have one thing in common: a reference number starting with 1755 (the production number at MGM) followed by a serial number. This series of 95 images is almost complete since only two images are still missing to date. In the second group are the Unreferenced Photos which could have appeared in the main series, but to which there is no reference. The two missing images may be among these. The last three pages are dedicated to the various photos relating to the film: the photos of the actors Off-Camera (called Production Stills), the technical photographs used as Set Refe­rences (all from Don Coleman's collection of original stills), and finally those showing the Miniature Sets. As for the Bonus page, you will see that it's about the film... in another way.

Of course, we wondered who the author of all these photos is. Thanks to Mr. Don Coleman we have learned that the letters "SHUG", which appear on some versions of the set reference photos, are in fact the shortened version of the name of the still photographer Frank Shugrue (1910-1995) who worked on numerous MGM movies and yet, as it was customary at the time, was hardly ever credited for his work. Besides these set continuity images, he also used to produce scene stills and publicity portraits of actors.

We've assumed that, since all the set reference images were made by Frank Shugrue, he was most likely the appointed photographer for the entire film. We are now sure that he is also the author of the photos taken during the shooting (the scene stills) as well as the advertising photos. There was indeed no reason that another photographer was working at the same time as him on the film, since it was a rather low budget production. As for the off-camera photos of the actors, it is very probable that he was still the one who took them, although press photographers may occa­sionally have taken a few of the pictures. Since the release of the film in 1960 and during all these decades, no one had found it necessary to identify the photographer, of which so many collectors still seek today what became cult images. We do not claim to have discovered Frank Shugrue, but we are happy to have helped out his name from oblivion. He is now starting to be finally recognized and mentioned by a few cinema enthu­siasts.

We were lucky enough to find some of Frank Shugrue's family and they kindly helped us. This is how we would like to thank two of Frank's grand­children. First, David Shugrue, thanks to whom we were able to start our investigation and whose initial help was so useful to us afterward. Then we would like to warmly thank his sister, Nicole Scalise, who patiently gave us her time, made us discover photos belonging to her family, and whose help was crucial for shedding light on certain periods of Frank's life and reconstructing his personal and professional journey.

The photographs presented on this website come in part from our collection of original prints or reprints, and loans from friend collectors. Some photos have been found in books or magazines as they were used as illustrations and we scanned them. But fantastic progress has only been made possible by the invaluable contribution of the Don Coleman Collection who has joined us in expanding and increasing this inventory significantly.

Most of the other images have been found on Internet and we would like to cite some important references. First, and foremost, The Time Machine Project website, which has been an essential source of information since our inception and has inspired us immensely. Also worth mentioning are Sandra Peto­jevic's very well-documented website, the Internet Archive, and the collections of the Academy of Motion Pictures (A.M.P.A.S.) and of the British Film Institute National Archive. We likewise found some precious information thanks to James Christensen from Coyote­christ, and in the monstrously wonderful magazines published by Forest J. Ackerman.

Through this collection, we want to pay homage to the memory of George Pal, Rod Taylor and Alan Young. And, at last,  we would like to express here our deep sadness on learning of the recent death of Yvette Mimieux to whom we dedicate all these pages.

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Detailed informations about The Time Machine (1960) George Pal's classic movie are available from
AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the IMDb (Internet Movie Database)

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Publicity and Set Stills

of the 1755th MGM's Release

Publicity and Set Stills
of the 1755th MGM's Release