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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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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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DEEP IN THE ANTARCTIC WILDERNESS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Der Flug zur Hölle  »

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2.35 : 1
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At the beginning of the film, LT Carmen is wearing the "aviation green" uniform. This uniform was for naval aviation personnel from 1925 to until finally in 2011. The uniform was rarely seen due to restrictions put on it by senior commanders and naval regulations. See more »

Goofs

Despite spending 25 days in the jungle without any toiletries or shaving equipment, the three male leads never grow beards. In fact, they remain perfectly clean-shaven the entire time. 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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