Journey To The Center Of The Earth (1959)
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Prof. Lindenbrook leads his intrepid party on an expedition to the centre of the earth, via a volcano in Iceland, encountering all manner of prehistoric monsters and life-threatening hazards on the way.
A fabulous world below the world
Title: Journey To The Center Of The Earth
Release Date: December 16, 1959
Runtime: 132 mins
All Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Languages: English, Icelandic, French, Italian
Sound: 4-Track Stereo, Dolby SR
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Buried.com Rating: 8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With J
MPAA Rating: G
Pat Boone ...Alexander 'Alec' McKuen
James Mason ...Sir Oliver S. Lindenbrook
Arlene Dahl ...Carla Goteborg
Diane Baker ...Jenny Lindenbrook
Thayer David ...Count Saknussem
Peter Ronson ...Hans Belker
Robert Adler ...Groom
Alan Napier ...Dean
Mary Brady ...Kirsty
Alan Caillou ...Rector
Gertrude the Duck ...Gertrude
John Epper ...Groom
Edith Evanson ...Innkeeper
Alex Finlayson ...Professor Bayle
Mollie Glessing ...News Vendor
Frederick Halliday ...Chancellor
Kendrick Huxham ...Scots Newsman
Owen McGiveney ...Shopkeeper
Molly Roden ...Housekeeper
Ivan Triesault ...Professor Peter Goteborg of Stockholm
Red West ...Bearded Man at Newspaper Stand / University Student...
Ben Wright ...Paisley
Peter Wright ...Laird of Glendarick
Journey To The Center Of The Earth Horror Film Trailer 1
"The Faithful Heart"
"Twice as Tall"
"My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose"
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- A fabulous world below the world
- Count Saknussem: I don't sleep. I hate those little slices of death.
Sir Oliver Lindenbrook: Are we to be abducted every day in Iceland?
Carla Göteborg: Whom were you taking besides this young man? Sir Oliver Lindenbrook: The big Icelander. Carla Göteborg: Then I'll be very useful. He doesn't understand a word of English.
Sir Oliver Lindenbrook: You won't find anything edible in there. Alec McKuen: Why not? The Chinese eat eggs over 400 years old.
Hans Belker: [in Icelandic] The woman in room number 29, she said she wants to talk to you. Sir Oliver Lindenbrook: Tell him to stop jabbering and go shopping. Alec McKuen: What about lamps. Hans Belker: [in Icelandic] The woman in room number 29, she said... Alec McKuen: Ah, lamps... lamps. What about... ah... picks?
- Fox gave the green light to this big-budget CinemaScope production partially on the basis of the success of the recent Jules Verne adaptations, Walt Disney's 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) and Michael Todd's Around the World in Eighty Days (1956). As with those earlier films, the heavy cost proved to be a good investment, resulting in a big hit at the box office.
James Mason replaced an ailing Clifton Webb in the part of Professor Lindenbrook before filming began. Alexander Scourby started shooting at Carlsbad Caverns in the Count Saknussem role, but the producers were unhappy with him and he was replaced with Thayer David.
James Mason reportedly had very little patience with the "movie star" preening of Arlene Dahl and the relationship between the two off set was very much like what you see on screen.
Pat Boone didn't want to make this film but was talked into it by his agent. Years later he stated he's glad he did it because of the regular residual checks it brings in and because it's the movie he'll probably be best remembered for.
The professor's name in the original novel (French language) was Otto Lidenbrock, a German. In the movie it was changed to Oliver Lindenbrook, a Scotchman. The name of his assistant Axel was Caledonized into Alec. (This was done because of historical hindsight, as 19th-century Scots had become known as the best field geologists, with Germans preferring lab-bound geology.) A more drastic change had already been made with the first (anonymous) English translation of the novel when the Professor's surname became Hartwig and Axel became an English student named Henry Lawson.
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