A strange event. A baton twirler has mysteriously disappeared. An escaped Nazi scientist has been tampering with time itself! Will he succeed in bringing Adolph Hitler into the present?
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “The Yesterday Machine”, published to YouTube on September 8, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at 11 minutes and 9 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
A film released in 1963, The Yesterday Machine, begins innocently enough. A baton twirler practices while a tune plays on the radio. But then occurs a strange event: the baton twirler has mysteriously disappeared!
A police lieutenant theorizes on what may have happened. Back in 1945 he and his outfit had helped liberate one of the Nazi concentration camps. Bodies of some elderly inmates were checked via their numbered tattoos with camp records. According to the records, the elderly inmates were in fact teenagers! The commandant of the camp, Professor Ernest Von Hauser, had escaped and never been found. He had been working on Nazi strange science. The police lieutenant cannot say for sure, but merely notices suggestions of time anomalies in both the case of the camp inmates and in the mysterious disappearance of the baton twirler.
The sister of the disappeared twirler, along with a newspaper reporter, investigate in the area of the young girl’s disappearance. There, they themselves are suddenly transported back to the year 1789! Just when it seems they will be stuck forever in that year, they are again transported into the present, into the secret laboratory of Professor Von Hauser!
Von Hauser discusses his theories with the reporter. He had been working on Nazi super weapons back in 1945. If only he had had more time, the outcome of World War II might have been altered! But now, Von Hauser has at last perfected the super weapons, and has achieved even control of time! Von Hauser is about to send the super weapons back to 1945, or even transport Adolph Hitler into the present! All that can possibly stop the evil plan as it unfolds are the sister of the baton twirler (herself about to be transported into the future by Von Hauser), and the newspaper reporter. Will they be able to prevent fruition of the ghastly plan?