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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.
Journey to the Center of the Earth -- Trailer for this adventure classic

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Director:
Writers:
Walter Reisch (screenplay) and
Charles Brackett (screenplay) ...
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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 »
User Reviews:
Grand fantasy film-making, fun for all ages. See more (110 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 (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
132 min
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Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) | Dolby SR (re-issue)
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Trivia:
The "Dimetrodons" in the movie were played by a large type of lizard called a rhinoceros iguana. It is about 3-6 ft. long and is kept as a pet in many places. Dimetrodon in real life was a type of Synapsid reptile. It reached about 12 feet in size, and lived in Western North America.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:
Carla Goetabaug:Whom did you intend to take along besides this young man?
Sir Oliver Lindenbrook:The big Icelander.
Carla Goetabaug:Then I'll be very useful. He doesn't understand a word of English.
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44 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Grand fantasy film-making, fun for all ages., 27 August 2002
Author: haristas from USA

I can attest to the feelings expressed by the last couple commentators about 1959's "Journey To The Center Of The Earth." This is a wonderful family film from the bygone Eisenhower-era of the 1950s. Even though I've been watching it on TV since I was a kid in the sixties, I'd only seen pan&scan versions, and it wasn't until I got it letterboxed on laserdisc that I finally saw what a big-screen entertainment this movie was meant to be. It has wonderful scope and a score by Bernard Herrmann that takes you right down into the bowels of the earth. Listen to it and you'll notice what I mean, as the movie progresses the music keeps going into a lower and lower register. Five organs were used, including one meant for a Cathedral. (The complete original recordings of the score are available on CD from Varese Sarabande.) This movie also has the great James Mason in it, so you know it's got to be good. Sure it's long in the telling and takes a while to get you down that extinct volcano in Iceland, but it's fun all the way with great special effects work by L.B. Abbott and matte paintings by Emil Kosa Jr. The only way to watch this movie is in wide-screen and it's long past due that 20th Century Fox puts this out on DVD in a letterboxed anamorphic transfer. Let's hope that they do it soon.

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