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The Land Unknown (1957)

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

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(as Virgil Vogel)

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(screenplay) (as Laszlo Gorog), (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cmndr. Harold Roberts
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Margaret Hathaway (as Shawn Smith)
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Lt. Jack Carmen
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Dr. Carl Hunter
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Capt. Burnham (as Douglas R. Kennedy)
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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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Behind a barrier of antarctic ice... a paradise of hidden terrors! See more »


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Also Known As:

Der Flug zur Hölle  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

As Dr. Carl is kidnapping Maggie and bringing her to his cave for the first time, we see a long shot of the mouth of the cave - look close and you can see the rubber raft that Maggie will row there later in the film, tied up next to Dr. Carl's reed boat. At this point the rubber boat should be back at camp, with the crew. 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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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Dinosaurs (1996) See more »

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The Land Unknown should be better known.
20 November 2004 | by (Mansfield, CT USA) – See all my reviews

I first remember seeing 'The Land Unknown' as a kid. It really left a big impression on me and I never forgot that movie. Since that time, I've seen it a few more times, most recently just the other day. Although the special effects, prehistoric dinosaurs and scenery are not up to today's standards, it is still an excellent movie. I believe this film is very under rated and 'The Land Unknown' should be considered as a classic lost land movie of the 50s. If you are a fan of horror/sci-fi movies of the 50s and early 60s, this is a must see movie. There are flaws in this movie but that's how it was back then. The movie has to be watched keeping in mind the context of the times it was shown. You will still find a very enjoyable, exciting, action, sci-fi movie. If you are caught up in the high tech, high budget movies of today, and looking for a flawless film, this might not be for you. This is a fine film, tucked away, waiting to take it's rightful place in the history of cinema. Watch it if you can. You'll be glad you did.


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