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Unknown World (1951)

Approved | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | 26 October 1951 (USA)
Scientists use a gigantic drilling machine for an expedition to the center of the earth.

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(as Terrell O. Morse)

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(original screenplay)
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Wright Thompson
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Dr. Max A. Bauer
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Andy Ostergaard
Tom Handley ...
Dr. James Paxton
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Dr. George Coleman
George Baxter ...
Carlisle Foundation Chairman
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Dr. Joan Lindsey
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Dr. Jerimiah Morley becomes convinced that the world is headed to an inevitable worldwide nuclear war. He organizes an expedition made up of a team of expert scientists and an atomic-powered rock-boring vehicle called a "cyclotram" to find a subterranean environment where holocaust survivors could live indefinitely. When funding falls through, independently rich adventurer Wright Thompson underwrites the project under the condition that he be allowed to go. As the group goes deeper beneath the Earth's crust, personalities clash, tempers flare, and the dangerous journey claims the lives of several expedition members. When they come upon an enormous underground expanse with its own ocean and phosphorescent light, it appears that their goal has been achieved. Written by Gabe Taverney {duke1029@aol.com)

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Adventure into the unknown! See more »

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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26 October 1951 (USA)  »

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Night Without Stars  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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There seems to be some inspiration for this film taken from Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth". Both feature an underground sea, in both the entrance to the Earth is close to the top of the Earth (Iceland in Verne's novel and Alaska in this film) and the escape from underground is unexpected and amazingly rapid. See more »

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The boring tool on the front of the cyclotram is not large enough to make a hole of a diameter that would fit the cyclotram. Also, modern drilling bits for drilling though rock and other minerals can wear out in a few hundred feet of drilling, depending on the material. Modern drills often use 40,000 pounds to 90,000 pounds of force to drill holes up to 15 inches in diameter. To drill a hole 10 feet or more in diameter, with the speed they are going, would take hundreds of pounds of force, or be drilling in very soft dirt. Yet this drill has lasted for several thousand miles without replacement. Even allowing for the many passages they have found, the drill would have worn to the point of being completely ineffective at drilling any tunnels. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jeremiah Morley: Go back to what? To a world bent on self destruction? We can live the rest of our lives here in peace.
Dr. Joan Lindsey: Morley, you're wrong! This isn't peace! This is a resting place for the living dead! I don't believe it's the end of the world! I don't believe it's the end of mankind!
Dr. Jeremiah Morley: You're young! You don't know! I've lived through the terrors of two great wars! I've had enough!
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A Few Good Points In An Overall Yawner Of A Movie
26 July 2009 | by (Durham Region, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

If you can imagine "Journey To The Centre Of The Earth" minus any and all excitement, then you have a pretty good grasp on what this movie is all about. The basic story revolves around Dr. Morley, a scientist who has become convinced that humanity is on the brink of a nuclear war (to the point at which his nickname has become "The Prophet Of Doom"), and so he assembles a team of experts who pack themselves into a fancy vehicle and bore (and I do mean bore in every sense of the word) hundreds of miles into the earth in an attempt to find someplace to ride out the nuclear storm. So they go down. And down. And down some more. And nothing much really happens, except for a few arguments among the team members. Even the scenes where team members get killed (and by the end three of them have bitten the dust) are anti-climactic at best.

Too bad, really. The plot had potential, and being made in the early 50's, when the threat of nuclear annihilation was a big topic for people, it could have delved into some of those questions in more depth. The acting wasn't great, but I've seen some of these shlocky 50's and 60's sci-fi flicks where the acting has been a lot worse. I even liked the opening of the movie, which gave us the basic background to the story disguised as one of those 50's newsreel type movies. Good qualities aside, though, a movie in which nothing much happens isn't a very good movie. 3/10


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