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The story begins in 1865, during the Civil War, when Captain Cyrus Harding, prisoner of the Confederates, escapes in an enemy balloon with war correspondent Gideon Spilett; Jack Pencroft, a sailor; Herbert "Bert" Brown, Pencroft's adopted son, and Neb, Harding's black servant. A sailor with an adopted son and a servant in jail with his master is rather mysterious in itself. Hey, move on, it's a Katzman serial from Columbia. The balloon drifts in space for days and finally lands on a desert island. Also landing, in a better aircraft, is Rulu, a visitor from Mercury who seeks a radio-active material that will enable her to manufacture an explosive that will destroy the world or, at least, the portion known as Earth. Since it is in the 1860's and she has a spacecraft that will make the journey from Mercury to Earth, and all of the earthlings are riding horses or walking, her problem with Earth is none too clear, other than possibly hacked about not winning the Miss America contest. Harding and his hardy crew fight 15 chapters of battles against the island's natives, some passing-by pirates led by reliable Gene Roth, and Rulu and her Mercury henchmen, wearing the same headgear that "The Spider" wore in two previous Columbia serials, indicating the costume department went overboard on black head-coverings with spider webs on them earlier in the decade. Harding and his men are frequently aided by Captain Nemo, a man of mystery in charge of the only submarine (the Nautilus) around at the time other than the "CSS Hunley." Rulu, who also has the power to put grown men into a trance and does so a couple of times, including the native chief and all of his warriors, finally has enough of all the problems, but has gathered up enough "radio-active" material to at least destroy the island and does so.
OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD SERIAL THRILLS...As Mercury Space Ships Zoom Into This World!
Title: Mysterious Island
Release Date: August 23, 1951
All Genres: Action, Sci-Fi
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 5.3
Buried.com Rating: 6.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With M
MPAA Rating: Approved
Spencer Gordon Bennet
Richard Crane ...Capt. Cyrus Harding
Marshall Reed ...Jack Pencroft
Karen Randle ...Rulu of Mercury
Ralph Hodges ...Herbert 'Bert' Brown
Gene Roth ...Pirate Capt. Shard
Hugh Prosser ...Gideon Spillett
Leonard Penn ...Capt. Nemo
Terry Frost ...Ayrton, (the wild man)
Rusty Wescoatt ...Moley
Bernie Hamilton ...Neb (as Bernard Hamilton)
William Fawcett ...Mr. Jackson
George Robotham ...Mercurian
Stanley Blystone ...Confederate Office [Ch. 1]
Roy Butler ...Thug in Park [Ch. 1]
Frank Ellis ...Pirate [Chs. 7-15]
Zon Murray ...Thug in Park [Ch. 1]
Frank O'Connor ...Confederate Officer [Ch. 1]
Tom Tyler ...Union Dispatch Rider [Ch. 1]
Royal K. Cole
George H. Plympton
More Movie Taglines:
- OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD SERIAL THRILLS...As Mercury Space Ships Zoom Into This World!
- SEE Sensational Inter-Space Serial Thrills...as Mercury Space Ship Invades...
- Rocket to Jules Verne's MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
- Captain Harding's Fabulous Adventures!
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Rating: 6.3 out of 10.0 - 52 votes cast total