“The Yesterday Machine” is a science fiction film from 1963 directed by Russ Marker. The movie follows the story of a group of scientists who have invented a time machine, which they hope to use to travel back in time to prevent World War II.
However, their plans are derailed when a group of Nazi spies led by Major White (played by James Britton) steal the time machine and use it to travel back in time to the Civil War era. Their goal is to change the outcome of the war and establish a new Nazi regime in America.
The scientists must work together with a local sheriff (played by Tim Holt) to retrieve the time machine and stop the Nazi spies. They encounter numerous challenges along the way, including a group of Confederate soldiers who mistake them for Union spies, and a Native American tribe that is hostile to outsiders.
The movie explores themes of time travel, history, and the consequences of altering past events. The special effects and production values are typical of low-budget science fiction films of the era, but the film has gained a cult following for its campy charm and entertaining storyline.
In the end, the scientists are able to retrieve the time machine and prevent the Nazi spies from changing history. The film concludes with the scientists discussing the potential dangers of time travel and the need for caution in the face of such power.
Tim Holt, James Britton, Ann Pellegrino