The Land Unknown (1957)

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Three men and a woman crash-land in a deep crater in Antarctica, where they find a prehistoric world.


(as Virgil Vogel)


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Complete credited cast:
Cmndr. Harold 'Hal' Roberts
Margaret 'Maggie' Hathaway (as Shawn Smith)
William Reynolds ...
Lt. Jack Carmen
Dr. Carl Hunter
Douglas Kennedy ...
Capt. Burnham (as Douglas R. Kennedy)
Phil Harvey ...
Machinist's Mate Steve Miller


On a naval expedition to Antarctica, three men and reporter Maggie Hathaway crash-land in a crater 1000 m below sea level. There, they encounter steamy tropical forest, dinosaurs, carnivorous plants, and human footprints, as Maggie's clothes become more and more abbreviated. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Lost and Terrorized in Prehistoric Time. See more »


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Der Flug zur Hölle  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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The cover photo of Best Buy's "Classic Sci-Fi Ultimate Collection - Volume 2" is adapted from Maggie's encounter with a man-eating squid-plant. See more »


On landing in the crater, Maggie stands before a threatening carnivorous plant. Later in the film, after Maggie's clothing has been torn and her blouse has become sleeveless, she and Hal flee a T-Rex. She again nears the plant, but her clothing is complete and spotless, just as in the earlier shot. See more »


[first lines]
Capt. Burnham: Your goal, gentlemen: Antarctica. Five million square miles of terra incognate, but your job to make it just a little less incognate.
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Skull Island at the South Pole
27 June 2000 | by (St. George, Utah) – See all my reviews

A rip-roaring sci-fi adventure that has quite a lot going for it: a novel premise, a square-jawed hero, a lovely blond heroine, and several dinosaurs presented in a bizarre landscape.

Universal's ace effects artist Clifford Stine did a terrific job. The sets are also remarkable. The film's explanation for the presences of a tropical prehistoric world in the frozen Antarctic is intelligent and plausible. The character don't act like stereo-types, so the plot avoids being predictable. Be kind when you view the dinosaurs; they serve the story well, despite the fact that they're puppets, men in suits, and enlarged lizards.

If at all possible, see the wide-screen version. There's nothing worse than watching a dinosaur's mid-section attack somebody off-screen because the dino's head and tail have been cut

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