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Journey to the Center of the Earth -- A Scottish professor uncovers a map of how to reach the center of the Earth through an Icelandic crater and then, after sharing the news, competes with his rival to reach it.
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Director:
Writers:
Walter Reisch (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
14 January 1960 (Sweden) See more »
Tagline:
A fabulous world below the world
Plot:
An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
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Cast

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Pat Boone ... Alexander 'Alec' McKuen

James Mason ... Sir Oliver S. Lindenbrook

Arlene Dahl ... Carla Goetabaug

Diane Baker ... Jenny Lindenbrook

Thayer David ... Count Saknussemm
Peter Ronson ... Hans Belker
Robert Adler ... Groom

Alan Napier ... Dean
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Brady ... Kirsty (uncredited)

Alan Caillou ... Rector (uncredited)
Gertrude the Duck ... Gertrude (uncredited)
John Epper ... Groom (uncredited)
Edith Evanson ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Alex Finlayson ... Prof. Bayle (uncredited)
Molly Glessing ... News Vendor (uncredited)
Frederick Halliday ... Chancellor (uncredited)
Kendrick Huxham ... Scots Newsman (uncredited)
Owen McGiveney ... Shopkeeper (uncredited)
Molly Roden ... Housekeeper (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... University Professor (uncredited)
Ivan Triesault ... Prof. Peter Goetabaug of Stockholm (uncredited)

Red West ... Bearded Man at Newspaper Stand / University Student (uncredited)

Peter Wight ... Laird of Glendarick (uncredited)
Ben Wright ... Paisley (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Levin 
 
Writing credits
Walter Reisch (screenplay) and
Charles Brackett (screenplay)

Jules Verne (novel "Voyage au centre de la Terre")

Produced by
Charles Brackett .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
 
Cinematography by
Leo Tover (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Stuart Gilmore 
Jack W. Holmes 
 
Art Direction by
Franz Bachelin 
Herman A. Blumenthal 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
David Ffolkes 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hal Herman .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Harold Michelson .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Warren B. Delaplain .... sound
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Joel Fein .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
James B. Gordon .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Ken Darby .... associate conductor: songs
Lionel Newman .... conductor: songs
 
Other crew
Lincoln Barnett .... technical advisor
Peter Ronson .... technical advisor
Bernard Schwartz .... assistant to producers
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Nature's Haven (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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132 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) | Dolby SR (re-issue)
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The professor's name in the original novel (French language) was Otto Lidenbrock, a German. In the movie it was changed to Oliver Lindenbrook, a Scotsman. The name of his assistant Axel was Caledonized into Alec. (This was done because of historical hindsight, as 19th-century Scots had become known as the best field geologists, with Germans preferring lab-bound geology.) A more drastic change had already been made with the first (anonymous) English translation of the novel when the Professor's surname became Hartwig and Axel became an English student named Henry Lawson.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Alec and Jenny are supposed to be Scottish, yet their accents sound very American.See more »
Quotes:
Hans Belker:[in Icelandic] O, madam, will you all come down here where the boy fell. It is so wonderfully beautiful down there.
Sir Oliver Lindenbrook:What's happened now? What's he saying?
Carla Goetabaug:He said we should go back to where Alec fell.
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Soundtrack:
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24 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Fun family fifties fantasy flick, 13 March 2006
Author: johno-21 from United States

I first saw this on TV as a kid in the early 60's and it became a TV staple being shown on network prime time before it went to the Saturday afternoon or late night route. Even as a kid I found this highly implausible and accepted it as escapist fantasy. It's a fun movie and is truly a classic. Director Henry Levin's most ambitious assignment as a director to go up against popular Disney fantasy films of the time, capture the imagination of Jules Verne and make it palatable enough for an adult audience. The unlikely cast of dramatic veteran James Mason, singer Pat Boone, beautiful Diane Baker, sexy Arlene Dahl and Iceland born jock Peter Ronson come together surprisingly well. Veteran screenwriter Charles Brackett who wrote for the screen such classics as Sunset Boulevard, Ninotchka, The Lost Weekend, Niagra and The Bishops Wife adapts the Jules Verne novel. Nominated for three Academy Awards for Art Direction, Special Effects and Sound. This movie is probably more fun to people like me who grew up with it from the time when it was made but it's still a good movie and I've seen it many times as an adult. It would be nice to see in it's Technicolor big screen splendor. I would give it an 8.0 out of 10.

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