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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
Marilyn Nash ...
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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A Journey to the Center of the Earth (original poster) See more »

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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Night Without Stars  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Both the mountains mentioned, Mt. Lefat and Mt. Neleh, are fictional. See more »

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When the explorers first enter the cyclotram, it appears to pointed at the base of a mountain. But inside, looking straight ahead through the window, they see a neighboring volcano erupting. It would be impossible for them to see this from inside the cyclotram. See more »

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Dr. Joan Lindsey: Mean well? Next you'll be calling us starry-eyed idealists!
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A not-really-very-good movie that I love! (I gave it a "10"!)
26 March 2004 | by (Arroyo Grande, California) – See all my reviews

I have probably watched this science-fiction movie more than any other over the years, principally because it continues to bring back a happy childhood memory of mine--playing "cyclotram" in my parent's San Fernando Valley laundry room, using our washing machine as my control panel!

The movie, which actually stars Victor Kilian--but whose name has been eliminated for some reason from all extant prints (by his choice?)--is the improbable (and highly unscientific) tale of a journey undertaken by a group of scientists into the Earth, via an amphibious machine called a "cyclotram", in order to find a possible "safe haven for mankind." It isn't really a very exciting movie, it isn't really a very good movie, but I LOVE IT!

Side note: although portions of this movie were "filmed in Carlsbad Caverns" (all second-unit work, it would appear), the majority of the "underground" scenes were filmed in Los Angeles' Griffith Park's famed Bronson Caves!


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