screenshots / Beneath the Planet of the Apes / 1970 APJAC Productions

The first sequel to "The Planet of the Apes" tells of another astronaut, Brent (James Franciscus), learning of the fate that awaits Earth's future. Provided with a loincloth by the friendly ape Zira, Brent disgards his clothing so as to blend in with the human population and later discovers a subterranean area (the remains of New York City) inhabited by mutants who worship a weapon that is capable of destroying the planet.

The production used redressed sets from the 1969 musical Hello Dolly for the mutants council chamber and the temple of the bomb. From the first film, Charlton Heston returned as Taylor after producers agreed that his character would be killed off. Also returning was Kim Hunter (Zira), Maurice Evans (Dr. Zaius) and Linda Harrision (Nova). Roddy McDowall did not return in the role of Cornelius as he was in Scotland directing the folk horror film Tam-Lin but would star in the next three apes films and the 1974 television series.

James Franciscus passed in 1991 at the age of 57.