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Jules Verne (based on: "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" by)
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24 December 1916 (USA) See more »
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Captain Nemo has built a fantastic submarine for his mission of revenge. He has traveled over 20,000 leagues in search of Charles Denver... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Smallville Scribes Sell Captain Nemo Script
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‘Captain Nemo’ Script Sells
 (From The Hollywood News. 15 June 2014, 11:10 PM, PDT)

Alfred Gough & Miles Millar Float New Captain Nemo Tale
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Dan Hanlon ... Professor Aronnax
Edna Pendleton ... Aronnax's Daughter
Curtis Benton ... Ned Land
Allen Holubar ... Capt. Nemo
Matt Moore ... Lieutenant Bond
Jane Gail ... A Child of Nature
Howard Crampton ... Cyrus Harding
William Welsh ... Charles Denver (as William Welch)
Lois Alexander ... Prince Daaker's Daughter as a Child
Wallis Clark ... Pencroft (as Wallace Clark)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph W. Girard ... Maj. Cameron (uncredited)
Ole Jansen ... (uncredited)
Noble Johnson ... (uncredited)
Leviticus Jones ... Neb (uncredited)
Martin Murphy ... Herbert Brown (uncredited)

Directed by
Stuart Paton 
 
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Jules Verne (based on: "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" by)

Stuart Paton  uncredited

Produced by
Carl Laemmle .... producer (uncredited)
Stuart Paton .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Brian Benison (1991)
Maximilien Mathevon (2003)
 
Cinematography by
Eugene Gaudio (photographed by)
 
Art Direction by
Frank Ormston (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martin Murphy .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George M. Williamson .... underwater photographer (as George Williamson)
J. Ernest Williamson .... underwater photographer (as Ernest)
Friend Baker .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Milton Loryea .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Brian Benison .... music (1991)
Alexander Rannie .... music (1991)
 
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... president: The Universal Film Mfg. Co.
H.H. Barter .... technical director (uncredited)
Hertzel Effensachs .... underwater director (uncredited)
James Milburn .... assistant technical director (uncredited)
 
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105 min | UK:84 min (video)
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Black and White (tinted and toned)
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Argentina:Atp | UK:PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review: of Motion Pictures) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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This film became famous for its groundbreaking work in actual underwater photography by George M. Williamson and J. Ernest Williamson.See more »
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Continuity: In one scene on the island the balloon survivors are at a table and a black servant appears. He never shows up again and is not rescued at the end of the film with the rest of the survivors.See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Very interesting, thought not faithful to Verne, 24 December 2005
Author: j-cf from France

OK, this movie isn't at all faithful to Verne's novels (both 20000 leagues & Mysterious island), but who cares. It was too difficult for that time to stay close to the characters and to the relationship between Arronax and Nemo, which is based on the talking, showing different philosophical points of vue. So there we stick to a melodrama full of suspense and action. The pacing is quite fast, for a 1916 movie. A lot of characters and settings are involved, the cinematography is most of the time quite good and the actors are... so so. But it's the editing that attracts attention here, in a griffithian narration full of "parrallel editing" as we say in french. Some sequences are composed of four or five parallel actions, and sometimes flashbacks are used to add another dimension to the melodrama. The same fact is related three times by three different characters, each flashback being longer than its predecessor until the final revelation (that we can guess early in the film, but, as for most of gender movies, the pleasure for the viewer comes from the combination between waited events and surprising elements) narrated by Nemo himself. I don't know anything as for the origin of the version I own on DVD, so this editing question is to stay questioned. But as it is there (I saw the 1h45 version, a Jokanan copy), it's a really imaginative movie, a sort of serial with a complexer narration. It is sometimes a little boring anyway, especially when it deals with Arronax and co (Ned Land is useless, and the real hero of the movie arrives later on) and with submarine sequences (no so many, in fact, but a little childish sometimes). The documentary aspect is anyway interesting (the shark scene, an early Cousteau sequence) and from an historical point of view those sequences are very important.

A good movie, not as brilliant as the Fleischer version, but entertaining and representative of the evolution of American cinema at that time.

Just for the record: it's quite possible that the Nadia anime series by Anno Hideaki have been highly inspired by this movie (I won't say anything else, avoiding spoilers. Watch for yourself).

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