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The Land Unknown (1957)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi  |  August 1957 (USA)
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Three men and a woman crash-land in a deep crater in Antarctica, where they find a prehistoric world.

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(screenplay) (as Laszlo Gorog) , (adaptation), 1 more credit »
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Jock Mahoney ...
Cmndr. Harold 'Hal' Roberts
Shirley Patterson ...
Margaret 'Maggie' Hathaway (as Shawn Smith)
William Reynolds ...
Lt. Jack Carmen
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Dr. Carl Hunter
Douglas Kennedy ...
Capt. Burnham (as Douglas R. Kennedy)
Phil Harvey ...
Machinist's Mate Steve Miller
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Storyline

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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Lost and Terrorized in Prehistoric Time. See more »


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August 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Flug zur Hölle  »

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This was originally set to be an expensive sci-fi epic shot in color with a large cast and Jack Arnold directing. Arnold actually began pre-production work when Universal decided to slash the budget, shoot it in black-and-white instead of color and changed (and reduced) the cast, turning it from a big-budget "A" picture to a low-budget "B" picture. Arnold withdrew from the project and Universal assigned it to one of its contract directors, Virgil W. Vogel. See more »

Goofs

When the tarsier mammal is captured by the plant, the wires controlling the plant's tentacles are clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

[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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An excellent dinosaur adventure
12 June 2002 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

Long before the Jurassic Park movies, Universal made this excellent low budget movie.

An expedition to the South Pole by helicopter ends up in a deep crater in the frozen wastes after colliding with a pterodactyl. At the bottom of the crater they discover a land unchanged since prehistoric times.

Dinosaurs roaming this land include a T-Rex, a plesiosaur and enlarged lizards which for a change are not stock footage from One Million BC (1940). Other dangers include man-eating plants and a man who has been living in a cave there for 10 years after another expedition went wrong.

In the end, the helicopter is repaired and all escape, including the man who was there for 10 years.

This movie stars former Tarzan actor Jock Mahoney who plays a good part. The special effects are good as is the music.

I found this movie very enjoyable and is worth seeing.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


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