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Mysterious Island (1951)

Approved | | Action, Sci-Fi | 13 September 1951 (USA)
Union prisoners use a balloon to escape a Southern prison camp near the end of the Civil War and end up marooned on a mysterious volcanic island with very unusual inhabitants.

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Karen Randle ...
Rulu of Mercury
Ralph Hodges ...
Gene Roth ...
Pirate Capt. Shard
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William Fawcett ...
Mr. Jackson
George Robotham ...
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The story begins in 1865, during the Civil War, when Captain Cyrus Harding, prisoner of the Confederates, escapes in an enemy balloon with war correspondent Gideon Spilett; Jack Pencroft, a sailor; Herbert "Bert" Brown, Pencroft's adopted son, and Neb, Harding's black servant. A sailor with an adopted son and a servant in jail with his master is rather mysterious in itself. Hey, move on, it's a Katzman serial from Columbia. The balloon drifts in space for days and finally lands on a desert island. Also landing, in a better aircraft, is Rulu, a visitor from Mercury who seeks a radio-active material that will enable her to manufacture an explosive that will destroy the world or, at least, the portion known as Earth. Since it is in the 1860's and she has a spacecraft that will make the journey from Mercury to Earth, and all of the earthlings are riding horses or walking, her problem with Earth is none too clear, other than possibly hacked about not winning the Miss America contest. ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD SERIAL THRILLS...As Mercury Space Ships Zoom Into This World! See more »

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A Ilha Misteriosa  »

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Chapter Titles: 1. Lost in Space 2. Sinister Savage 3. Savage Justice 4. Wild Man at Large 5. TRail of the Mystery Man 6. The Pirates Attack 7. Menace of the Mercurians 8. Between Two Fires 9. Shrine of the Silver Bird 10. Fighting Fury 11. Desperate Chance 12. Mystery of the Mine 13. Jungle Downfall 14. Man From Tomorrow 15. The Last of Mysterious Island See more »

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Too many plot lines and too many characters
7 July 2008 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Columbia takes the Jules Verne classic and brings it to the big screen for the second time in a cliffhanging story that now includes aliens thrown into the American Civil War period tale. As 1950's Columbia serials go this is pretty good. The story, which in some ways is the closet to the novel isn't bad, dealing with trying to survive on the island as well as dealing with pirates, a mad man and the aliens, but it breaks down because by the end there are simply too many plot lines running through the story and there are too many characters to keep track of. It is enjoyable but at the same time to begins to circle back on itself about half way into the serial, which makes trying to watch this in a single sitting (or two) difficult. Worth a look, but keep it broken up over several nights.


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