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Director:
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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
 (From We Got This Covered. 16 June 2014, 5:38 AM, PDT)

‘Captain Nemo’ Script Sells
 (From The Hollywood News. 15 June 2014, 11:10 PM, PDT)

Alfred Gough & Miles Millar Float New Captain Nemo Tale
 (From EmpireOnline. 15 June 2014, 9:41 AM, PDT)

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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 
 
Writing credits
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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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | UK:PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review: of Motion Pictures) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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The actual undersea footage was shot in the Bahamas due to the unusually clear water. When this film was remade by Walt Disney 38 years later, they came to this same spot for their undersea footage.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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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Age has withered it..., 7 May 2006
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

The 1916 version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark in special effects in its day, but 90 years on it's a mere historical curiosity. It's not that it's particularly bad, more that it's very flatly directed even for its day and the passage of time has dealt it some particularly low blows. Although in the first draft of the novel Nemo was clearly identified as a Pole waging a private war with Russia before Verne's publishers and the French censors objected, the film goes off on its own to make him a wronged Indian Prince (Allen Holubar) with a penchant for wearing Santa Claus suits: the fact that his crew alternately seem to be dressed as elves or pastry chefs does not help matters much. Then there's his long-lost daughter, introduced as a 'child of nature' skipping and dancing through the jungle in so insipid a manner that she even scares off the cheetahs. Looking like a cross between a young Bette Midler playing Elmo Lincoln in blackface and Spike Milligan playing Little Eva while being poked with a cattle prod, Jane Gail's performance is every negative cliché about silent movie acting incarnate. Little of Verne's episodic plot remains: having introduced Professor Aronnax and Ned Land, the hunting trip aside, the film promptly ignores them for the rest of its running time in favour of a plot drawn loosely from Verne's other Nemo novel, Mysterious Island. Still, it's watchable enough even if it doesn't give Richard Fleischer's 1954 version much of a run for its money.

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