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John W. Steiner (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
April 1960 (USA) See more »
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 »
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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"The Ocean is a Dangerous Jungle." See more (35 total) »


  (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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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 »
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 »
Dale Marshall:[to Lauri] You just listen to me, Miss Innocent. There's nothing friendly between two females. There never was. There never will be.
Lauri Talbott:Sorry you feel that way. I was hoping we could help each other.
Dale Marshall:You don't need help - neither do I. Not as long as we have two men around us.
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Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) (TV)See more »


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26 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
"The Ocean is a Dangerous Jungle.", 6 April 2006
Author: Joe Bridge ( from Australia

"We are now prepared to invade this black wilderness." Well, actually they weren't, since the cable of the diving bell snaps, sending them to a tourist attraction with nice stalactites and stalagmites that I guess is supposed to resemble petrified wood or something. A very long technical explanation about the snapped cable is given later but that comes off like gibberish to me.

The only part worth watching is the genuinely exciting octopus and shark battle at the beginning, but which looks as if it was filmed in a small fish tank which had only a bit of sand poured over the bottom. You might as well turn it off after that part and have a nice nap instead.

The diving bell seems as big as a rocket-ship on the inside, but only about the size of an overinflated beach ball on the outside. This makes for some real laughs, especially when it is hanging and swaying about from the ship's crane and the actors are near it. It doesn't look like even one child could fit inside it, let alone the two men and two women, with a lot of room to spare, and the high ceiling.

Absolutely nothing happens in this movie after they get into the diving bell. They don't even show the implied trip to the volcano area with the lead characters! Instead, we get some sort of senseless and brief argument between the two women and Popeye's grandfather (or so he appears) making bizarre faces, as if he were in a "make the weirdest face and win fantastic prizes" contest. Silly beyond words and certainly belonging in a movie other than this one. At one point, his eyes are popping so far out, they look like they could just fall out of his face.

Later, "Popeye's grandfather" actually moves closer to the cave wall and slowly leans against it so that more rocks can hit him! (You can actually tell that he is trying to get under the path of the larger fake falling rocks! Hilarious!)

The ending made no sense to me, either. I may be wrong, but I got the idea that they weren't really that far under the surface at all. And where was the volcano (which sounded like the amplified recording of a rolling bowling ball and a bit from a storm) relative to the surface? Why wasn't it more of a noticed event from the ship?

The orchestral soundtrack on my DVD copy is really sour, and sounds more like two tomcats having a stand-off.

2/10. A two only because of the octopus and shark battle before the actors come in and ruin everything.

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