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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:
Based on Jules Verne's fantastic stories of strange adventure... See more »
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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Science fiction epic, quite ambitious for its day, and terrifically entertaining. See more (115 total) »

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 Wild Animal Rental Co. (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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132 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) | Dolby SR (re-issue)

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Trivia:
James Mason replaced an ailing Clifton Webb in the part of Professor Lindenbrook before filming began. Alexander Scourby started shooting at Carlsbad Caverns in the Count Saknussemm role, but the producers were unhappy with him and he was replaced with Thayer David.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Carla's left hand changes positions on her head when she's lying on the beach talking to Professor Lindenbrooke.See more »
Quotes:
Sir Oliver Lindenbrook:We'll observe one minute of silence in memory of a great scientist, even if he was a blasted thief.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Descent (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Twice as TallSee more »

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71 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
Science fiction epic, quite ambitious for its day, and terrifically entertaining., 3 May 2004
Author: Jonathon Dabell (barnaby.rudge@hotmail.co.uk) from Todmorden, England

Based fairly faithfully on a classic sci-fi novel by Jules Verne, Journey To The Center Of The Earth is an inventive, splendidly-realised, smartly acted film. It must have been quite an ambitious undertaking in 1959 to try to make a film set predominantly in a mysterious, unexplored underground realm populated by fantastic creatures and filled with a host of weird 'n' wonderful sights. However, the makers have done a great job in tackling this enormously challenging source material.

A Scottish scientist, Prof Oliver Lindenbrook (James Mason) discovers that a fellow scientist recently tried to find a route to the centre of the earth. Determined to venture down the same route, Lindenbrook puts together an ambitious expedition consisting of his nephew Alec (Pat Boone), widow Carla Goetaborg (Arlene Dahl), silent but loyal guide Hans (Peter Ronson), and a duck named Gertrude. The foolhardy team begin their descent among the craggy crevices of an Icelandic glacier, and as they make their way into the bowels of the earth they make many a wondrous discovery, from mammoth-sized mushrooms to fearsome prehistoric monsters.

The film is well-paced and thoroughly entertaining. On the whole, the performances are good (Boone is a little too clean-cut, as usual, but he does all right) and the special effects are excellent for their time. Bernard Herrmann provides a crashing music score, and the set design is absolutely tremendous. This is a classic sci-fi film, and any serious fan of sci-fi movies would be a fool to miss it.

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