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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
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:
Great Adventure Despite Bloated Script See more (109 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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132 min
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Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) | Dolby SR (re-issue)
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Trivia:
Count Saknussemm says: "I don't sleep. I hate those little slices of death." This is a variation of an Edgar Allan Poe quote: "Sleep, those little slices of death; Oh how I loathe them".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Hans wakes up on the beach and is shouting for Gertrude, there is no echo. When the rest of the party is shouting for Hans, there is an echo.See more »
Quotes:
Sir Oliver Lindenbrook:This I know: the spirit of Man can not be stopped.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Prof of GeologySee more »

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30 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Great Adventure Despite Bloated Script, 14 March 2004
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

The great James Mason is superb as a geology professor who heads a party of five (four people and one duck) on a perilous journey into the depths of the earth. While the film's screenplay may have been a true cinematic rendering of the source novel by Jules Verne, I could have wished for a film with more subterranean adventure and less prefatory fluff.

The film's first 45 minute segment sets up the film's premise, but it takes place totally above ground, and could have been condensed to 10 or 15 minutes. There's lots of professorial bantering; a youthful Pat Boone croons his sweetheart; and he and the professor duel against adversaries in an unnecessary subplot.

But once the explorers finally get underground, the viewer is in for an absorbing cinematic experience, despite a bloated script that has the cast chattering incessantly. Cinematography and special effects effectively convey the physical surroundings as a forbidding, downward trending labyrinth characteristic of a giant cave.

The sets are elaborate and imaginative, though the "mushroom forest" is a tad too "magical"; I kept waiting for Dorothy, Toto, and the cowardly lion to drop by and say hello from the set of the Emerald City.

From start to finish the film has good acting, and there's plenty of humor. And the sound effects and grim music are terrific. The organ music, in particular, lends a strikingly Gothic touch to the nether world look of the sunken city.

Despite a too talky script, this 1959 film deserves to be watched multiple times by kids of all ages for its timeless adventure and sense of discovery.

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