“If only one could work miracles… Just think of what you could do.”
towards a muddled mess of decision-making and accidental outcomes, showing how easily people with power can be swayed both by others’ advice, and their own sense of faux-grandiosity.
Young’s character is deliberately an “every man” — indeed, one with lust in his heart (for coworker Joan Gardner):
despite the presence of a “good woman” (Sophie Stewart) waiting by his side:
It’s no surprise to see him struggling so mightily with his newfound ability. The entire tale is framed as the machinations of a trio of gods — Indifference (George Sanders — perfect casting), Player (Ivan Brandt), and Observer (Torin Thatcher) — overlooking the Earth and trying this exercise on for size:
… which brings to mind the structure of Jason and the Argonauts (1963).
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: