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The Mysterious Island (1929)

Passed  -  Adventure | Romance | Sci-Fi  -  5 October 1929 (USA)
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On a volcanic island near the kingdom of Hetvia rules Count Dakkar, a benevolent leader and scientist who has eliminated class distinction among the island's inhabitants. Dakkar, his ... See full summary »

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Dakkar
Jacqueline Gadsden ...
Sonia (as Jane Daly)
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Nikolai
Montagu Love ...
Falon
Harry Gribbon ...
Mikhail
Snitz Edwards ...
Anton
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Dmitry
Dolores Brinkman ...
Teresa
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On a volcanic island near the kingdom of Hetvia rules Count Dakkar, a benevolent leader and scientist who has eliminated class distinction among the island's inhabitants. Dakkar, his daughter Sonia and her fiance, engineer Nicolai Roget have designed a submarine which Roget pilots on its initial voyage just before the island is overrun by Baron Falon, despotic ruler of Hetvia. Falon sets out after Roget in a second submarine and the two craft, diving to the ocean's floor, discover a strange land populated by dragons, giant squid and an eerie undiscovered humanoid race. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Release Date:

5 October 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Ilha Misteriosa  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,130,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$55,000 (USA)
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Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System) (musical score and sound effects) (talking sequences)| (original version)

Color:

(2-color Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to an article in the original "Famous Monsters of Filmland" magazines, production was actually started in 1926. There were various problems, including weather and the advent of talkies, which slowed/halted production several times before the film was finally completed and released three years later. The article included stills showing the original 1926 undersea denizens and the redesigned version which actually appeared in the film. See more »

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During the initial test run of the ship, one brief scene shows it upside down. See more »

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Kept me up just to see the sea people
24 November 2002 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I saw this a one AM last week on a TMC linel Barrymore marathon.C'mon anything thats labeled sci-fi and 1929 you just gotta love.This semi-talkie has the usual Vernian speculation (distant cousins of man living in the sea a la Blacklagoon) combined with twenties class conflict and Ceasarianism. But the real show is the special effects. Forgive me but those old silent FX just seem so much more "special" than the ones we have to day. Their cool if nothing for their age and a unique surreal quality that you don't see in talkies. Don't beleive me just ask the sea people.


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