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The Incredible Petrified World (1957)

Unrated | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | April 1960 (USA)
Four adventurers descend to the depths of the ocean when the cable on their underwater diving bell snaps. The rest of their expedition, believing them to be lost, abandons hope of finding ... See full summary »

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Prof. Millard Wyman
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Craig Randall
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Dale Marshall
Allen Windsor ...
Paul Whitmore
Sheila Noonan ...
Lauri Talbott
George Skaff ...
Dr. J.R. Matheny
Maurice Bernard ...
Old Man in the Caverns
Joe Maierhouser ...
Jim Wyman
Lloyd Nelson ...
Wilson - Sonar Man
Harry Raven ...
The Captain
Milt Collion ...
Hank
Robert Carroll ...
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Lowell Hopkins ...
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Jack Haffner ...
Jimmy - Reporter
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Four adventurers descend to the depths of the ocean when the cable on their underwater diving bell snaps. The rest of their expedition, believing them to be lost, abandons hope of finding them. Exiting the diving bell, the party finds themselves in a network of underwater caverns. They encounter a shipwreck survivor. He tells them he has been there for 14 years and that there is no way out. The two men in the exploring party believe him only after a hike to a volcanic vent that supplies the caverns with oxygen. On the surface, Prof. Millard Wyman, the elder scientist who designed the original diving bell, decides to try again to explore the depths of the ocean. He finds out that there is another diving bell in existence that is identical to the one that was lost... Written by Jim Cobb <gymcobb@azstarnet.com>

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See! The terror of a skindive to the center of the Earth! Caverns of Forgotten Men! Boiling Volcanos! Tidal Earthquakes! Horror of Undead Monsters! See more »

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El mundo increíble  »

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Trivia

In an interview, star Robert Clarke said that the film's cinematographer is actually a well-known Hollywood cameraman who used the pseudonym "Victor Fisher" so he wouldn't get in trouble with the union for taking a job on this non-union picture. See more »

Goofs

Characters are seen climbing down the ladder into the diving bell interior before the dive, but the diving bell prop has no visible hatch on the top, nor any apparent provisions for the crew to climb aboard while it hangs from the ship's crane; in fact, the prop hangs from a hook that attaches where the top hatch should be. See more »

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Narrator: This is the sea, as old as the world itself. It extends over three quarters of the surface of the globe. The sea: the birthplace of life, the great storehouse of minerals, the prison of haunting mysteries.
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An incredible non movie.

When this film was released back in 1959 to an appalled public, one newspaper reviewer described it as "an incredible petrified movie." Since then, that description has been used over and over to appropriately describe this movie. The plot is about undersea explorers testing a new type of diving bell and the discovery of a vast network of air filled under sea caverns. Inside the caverns they discover an old man who had found his was into the caverns years before. Nothing happens in this film. Its just talk (all of which is not any good) with no thrills what so ever. Nothing! The posters for this film promised undersea thrills and a giant octopus. No giant octopus! No! Not even one measly stock footage octopus to enliven this dull film. The undersea "thrills" are scant. This film was so boring I couldn't wait till it was over. This may just be the worst movie Jerry Warren ever made. As bad as Jerry Warren's other films are, at least something happens in those.


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