In Africa, the girl Jill Young trades a baby gorilla with two natives and raises the animal. Twelve years later, the talkative and persuasive promoter Max O'Hara organizes a safari to ... See full summary »
A standard screen B&W prologue during which Lowell Thomas shows how, from the dawn of history, mankind has attempted to create the illusion of depth & movement by artistic, mechanical and ... See full summary »
Four explorers are summoned to Peru by the brilliant physicist Dr Thorkel. They discover a rich source of radium and a half-mad Thorkel who shrinks them down to one-fifth their normal size when they threaten to stop his unorthodox experimentation. Written by
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The first science fiction film to be shot in three-color Technicolor. See more »
[Referring to Thorkel]
He's a very strange man, abnormally secretive about his experiments, and now for two years he's buried himself in a camp in the Amazon jungle. Who knows what his mental state may be?
Dr. Rupert Bulfinch:
Dr. Thorkel may be eccentric, but he is also the greatest living biologist. I shall be glad to help him if I can.
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For unknown reasons, the opening credits do not list any of the cast members; they're only shown in the traditional cast card at the end. See more »
Though similar stories of shrinking people have come up since, the special effects in _Dr. Cyclops_ for a 1940s movie are excellent. I was surprised to notice it was not only a 40s movie, but a 1940 movie, the 40s first year, and I thought it at least from the 1950s. I would not be surprised if it won some awards for special effects in 1940.
The movie also has nuclear science, and it was made before the atomic bomb, another interesting detail. As a matter of fact, later movies which include shrinking people from the 50s actually seemed less technological and do not appear as realistic. _Dr. Cyclops_ seems to have the best special effects for a movie where people get shrunk till at least the 70s, if there were any made after 1970. I guess 1989's _Honey I Shrunk The Kids_ was the first one to appear at least as realistic in my opinion.
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