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When the American clipper ship "The Queen" is attacked by pirates off the Hebrides in 1830, Mate Kirk Hamilton is injured and must be put ashore at Queensland Colony, Australia, for treatment and recuperation. There, he meets and falls in love with Elaine Jeffries, daughter of the magistrate and all-but-fiancée to rancher Martin Shannon. She also finds herself attracted to Kirk, and a rivalry develops between the two men. Meantime the pirates, led by Captain Hackett, decide to raid the colony and, in the process kidnap Elaine and her friend, Nancy. Kirk and Shannon lead the pursuit, having not only the romantic triangle to resolve but the pirates to overcome and, along the way, being stranded on a volcanic island inhabited by dinosaurs... Written by
Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>
This film was heavily advertised as a living dinosaur/giant monster movie. However, dinosaurs appear only for 2-3 minutes in the final reel. The dinosaurs are actually only stock footage taken from One Million B.C. (1940); no original dinosaur effects were shot. See more »
A tattooed(probably a pirate's) hand opens pages through a storybook which includes the credits. See more »
This movie is available on video, and I recommend buying it. A problem with the bad movie genre (subgenre? metagenre?) is that it is dominated by science fiction and horror. Well, this movie has elements of both, but it is mainly an adventure film gone horribly wrong. So, it is often overlooked as a source of unintentional laughs. Here's 10 good reasons to see it:
1. Look at the tattoos in the opening and closing title sequence.
2. Is it a historical drama? A pirate adventure? A monster movie? Who knows?
3. Bad narration -- lots of it! Could be missing pieces of soundtrack.
4. James Aurness (sic) -- He was more expressive as the carrot in "The Thing"
5. Bill Kennedy -- the grouchy costar was later a popular TV movie host in the Detroit area -- a special Michigan connection
6. Fight montage sequence -- there must be stuff from 10 movies in here!
7. You know, you can MOVE that camera! But this cinematographer obviously wasn't aware -- he just turned the camera on, and people walked in and out of the shot. Guess he was in the can a lot.
8. The monsters fight each other, but pose no threat to the humans. They should get guest star billing!
9. If you can tell the two lead women apart, you're doing better than me.
10. Last but not least -- the finale features the world's most powerful handheld telescope as a side-splitting topper.
I've said enough -- and last but not least -- it's SHORT! The best quality a bad movie can have. This one's a winner, folks.
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