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Dr. Jerimiah Morley becomes convinced that the world is headed to an inevitable worldwide nuclear war. He organizes an expedition made up of a team of expert scientists and an atomic-powered rock-boring vehicle called a "cyclotram" to find a subterranean environment where holocaust survivors could live indefinitely. When funding falls through, independently rich adventurer Wright Thompson underwrites the project under the condition that he be allowed to go. As the group goes deeper beneath the Earth's crust, personalities clash, tempers flare, and the dangerous journey claims the lives of several expedition members. When they come upon an enormous underground expanse with its own ocean and phosphorescent light, it appears that their goal has been achieved.
Drilling into the forbidding depths of the earth!
Also Known As:
Night Without Stars
Title: Unknown World
Release Date: October 26, 1951
Runtime: 74 mins
All Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 4.1
Buried.com Rating: 5.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With U
MPAA Rating: Approved
Terry O. Morse
Bruce Kellogg ...Wright Thompson
Otto Waldis ...Dr. Max A. Bauer
Jim Bannon ...Andy Ostergaard
Tom Handley ...Dr. James Paxton
Dick Cogan ...Dr. George Coleman
George Baxter ...Carlisle Foundation Chairman
Marilyn Nash ...Dr. Joan Lindsey
Victor Kilian ...Dr. Jeremiah Morley
Harold Miller ...Carlisle Foundation Board Member
Robert L. Lippert
More Movie Taglines:
- Drilling into the forbidding depths of the earth!
- A thousand miles down...Ten-thousand Thrills Deep! (original poster)
- A Journey to the Center of the Earth (original poster)
- DARING scenes of the forbidden depths at the heart of the world!
- SHOCKING drama of a woman who's lost life's most precious gifts!
- Adventure into the unknown!
- Dr. Jeremiah Morley: I believe that humanity can escape annihilation, can find a temporary haven, a promise of hope that, come what may, life can be sustained deep within the Earth itself. Far below the Earth we shall seek a natural, a geologic shelter. We have a team ready for the effort. All we lack are funds.
Dr. Jeremiah Morley: The world's changed since yesterday.
Andy Ostergaard: [Reflecting on the expedition's status deep beneath the Earth] You know once when I was working on the Holland Tunnel, I got cut off from my crew for ten hours. I felt this way then.
Dr. James Paxton: Nature doesn't influence Man! Man influences Nature! One strong man can change Nature! Wright Thompson: Oh, you're wrong, Dr. Paxton. It isn't one man, it's many men working together. [Looking at Dr. Joan Lindsey] Wright Thompson: Right, teacher? Dr. James Paxton: Men together are no more than sheep! One man standing alone leads the way, and the sheep follow!
Wright Thompson: What kind of place is this? Flowers that crumble to dust in your hand, stones that look like pearls, fish without eyes! Nature's sure a practical joker! Dr. Jeremiah Morley: I suppose you could've done better? Wright Thompson: In 10 million years I couldn'ta done worse!
- This project was actually put together by two special effects men, Jack Rabin and Irving Block, who are listed as producers.
Although Victor Kilian, as Dr. Morley, is clearly the star of the film, he received no screen credit because he was blacklisted shortly after completing the movie, a victim of the McCarthy "Red Scare" hysteria sweeping the country at the time. This was perhaps the only instance in Hollywood history where the leading actor in a film was deliberately not listed in its cast while everyone else was.
There seems to be some inspiration for this film taken from Jules Verne's "Journey to the Centre of the Earth". Both feature an underground sea. In both, the entrance to the Earth is close to the top of the Earth (Iceland in Verne's novel and Alaska in this film) and the escape from the underground is unexpected and amazingly rapid.
Both the mountains mentioned, Mt Lefat and Mt Neleh, are fictional.
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