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The Incredible Petrified World -- Four adventurers descend to the depths of the ocean when the cable on their underwater diving bell snaps...
The Incredible Petrified World -- (1957) John Carradine, Robert Clarke, Phyllis Coates. By no means a classic, but this is probably director Jerry Warren's best film...


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John W. Steiner (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
April 1960 (USA) See more »
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Four adventurers descend to the depths of the ocean when the cable on their underwater diving bell snaps... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Carradine ... Prof. Millard Wyman
Robert Clarke ... Craig Randall

Phyllis Coates ... 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 ... Narrator
Lowell Hopkins ... Reporter
Jack Haffner ... Jimmy - Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jerry Warren ... Plane Passenger Behind Wyman (uncredited)

Directed by
Jerry Warren 
Writing credits
John W. Steiner (original screenplay)

Produced by
Jerry Warren .... producer
Cinematography by
Victor Fisher (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harold V. McKenzie 
James Sweeney  (as James R. Sweeney)
Art Direction by
Marvin Herbert 
Production Management
Brianne Murphy .... production supervisor (as G.B. Murphy)
Lloyd Nelson .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martin Harbor .... assistant director (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mel Fisher .... underwater photographer
Brydon Baker .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Josef Zimanich .... musical director
Geordie Hormel .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
William Loose .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Spencer Moore .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
John Seely .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Raymond Guth .... set supervisor (as Ray Guth)
Brianne Murphy .... dialogue director (as Bri Murphy)
Jerry Warren .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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70 min | USA:64 min (DVD)
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Phyllis Coates accepted the role of Dale Marshall as a favor to director Jerry Warren, who was a former boyfriend; the actress originally cast in the lead couldn't do it and Warren couldn't find anyone else in time. He convinced Coates to do it by telling her that the film would not be shown in California. However, after it was completed, she found out that Warren did indeed release the film in California, and she was told by at least one studio executive (at Columbia) that the film was so inferior and shoddy that the studio would not be hiring her again. On top of that, Warren never paid her.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the characters are trapped undersea in the diving bell, they simply leave by climbing up to a hatch, supposedly at the top of the bell. Such an action underwater would immediately flood the bell. Yet, not even a drop of water enters the bell when they exit.See more »
[first lines]
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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Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) (TV)See more »


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13 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
I thought I missed something - like the 'point' to this movie, 31 December 2004
Author: hung_fao_tweeze from Omaha, Nebraska

The best sequence is the shot of the raging sea storm and the huge waves that lead us into this movie. But they have absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the movie...which is incredibly calm and quite dull.

There is little if any action in this film. Diving bell goes down down down. There's trouble. Crew screams that something is buckling. On the ship above John Carradine, who looks like they got him out of bed for this movie, shouts, "What's buckling?" I don't know about you but if you hear someone screaming that something is buckling in a diving bell I would instantly reverse their submersion. This doesn't happen so they go down another quick 1000 feet and vanish - at least to the ship's crew.

Meanwhile the crew of the diving bell manage to find a series of underwater caves to escape to. They walk, they eat, they walk some more, they run into a monitor lizard, they drink water, they find a man with a very bad beard living in these caves. He tells them there is no way out. They settle in for the long haul. The man with the bad beard becomes menacing. Then a volcano blows up just in the nick of time.

Whew! I don't mind watching a bad film if it has purpose. This one denies me.

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