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Mysterious Island -- The fantastic Captain Nemo once again inspires the spirit of adventure in another Jules Verne classic.
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20 December 1961 (USA) See more »
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During the Civil War a group of Union soldiers and two Confederates escape the stockade using a hot air balloon and end up on a strange Pacific island. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Michael Craig ... Capt. Cyrus Harding

Joan Greenwood ... Lady Mary Fairchild

Michael Callan ... Herbert Brown

Gary Merrill ... Gideon Spilitt

Herbert Lom ... Captain Nemo
Beth Rogan ... Elena Fairchild

Percy Herbert ... Sgt. Pencroft
Dan Jackson ... Cpl. Neb Nugent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Monty ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Cy Endfield 
Writing credits
John Prebble (screenplay) &
Daniel B. Ullman (screenplay) (as Daniel Ullman) &
Crane Wilbur (screenplay)

Jules Verne (novel)

Produced by
Charles H. Schneer .... producer
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
Cinematography by
Wilkie Cooper (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Frederick Wilson 
Art Direction by
William C. Andrews  (as Bill Andrews)
Production Management
Raymond Anzarut .... production supervisor
Robert Sterne .... production manager (as Bob Sterne)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
René Dupont .... assistant director (as Rene Dupont)
Art Department
Francisco Prósper .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Peter Handford .... sound recordist
Bob Jones .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Ray Harryhausen .... special visual effects creator
Vic Margutti .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Mills .... camera operator
Egil S. Woxholt .... underwater photography (as Egil Woxholt)
P. Finch .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Maurice Gillett .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Lynda Swarbrick .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Bernard Herrmann .... conductor: The London Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Herrmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Bob Gill .... title design
Marjorie Lavelly .... continuity
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Jules Verne's Mysterious Island" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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101 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-8 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 | Sweden:11 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #19763) | West Germany:6

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The armature for the crab is covered with the shell of a real crab instead of the usual latex. Ray Harryhausen bought three crabs for the production, having one humanely killed by a museum employee as boiling it would have changed the color of the shell. The other two were used for close-ups of the crabs' mandibles, which would otherwise have required a huge amount of time to properly animate. These crabs subsequently served as a dinner entrée for Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer.See more »
Revealing mistakes: While climbing the Volcano for the first time, as the camera pulls out, you can see the surrounding countryside - with a farm house and other homes in the background.See more »
[first lines]
Confederate soldier:All right, now get down.
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22 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Mystrious Island, 5 January 2006
Author: mhrabovsky1-1 from michigan

Wow, I loved the "Seventh Voyage of Sinbad" as a kid, the cyclops, the giant roc bird, the skeleton fight, etc. and then the team of Charles Schneer and Ray Harryhausen did it again with the great film "Mysterious Island". I don't know if Island topped Sinbad, but I loved both of those films in equal amounts. How about the musical score of Bernard Hermann....right from the start that pounding, intense musical score, you knew this film would be so good. Loved the scenes of the escape from the confederate prison camp and the photography of the 4 men who fought with all they had to stay tucked inside the hot air balloon as it blew out of control over uncharted territories. Landing on an uncharted island they became a Robinson Crusoe foursome and set up a camp and foraged for food. How lucky they were to stumble onto a giant, and I mean giant rock lobster to feed the men for weeks and a giant bird who supplied a tasty bird dinner. Also two saucy women shipwrecked to add spice to the film as they provided companionship and love for one of the men. Throw in pirates, a floating trunk of weapons, monsters to fight, a cave hidden in a mountain, giant bees, the discovery of Captain Nemo and his hidden nautilus submarine anchored in the cave while he plotted a new scheme to provide food for mankind with experiments that produced the giant creatures, you were thoroughly entertained for two hours. Then check out the underwater scenes with the fight from a giant squid, reminiscent of the Disney classic "Twenty Thousand leagues under the Sea" and home made sea shell "aqua lungs" to breathe under! I just loved this film as a kid and now at age 60 I still love this film and watch it a few times a year on DVD. Believe it or not the first time I saw this film as a kid was in 1963 at a Saturday afternoon matinée along with "Seventh Voyage of Sinbad" brother and I were mesermized by two such great films. The great English actor Percy Herbert with an accent as a captured confederate prisoner was a gem. Gary Merrill as a union war correspo dent plays the role of the so called cook in the film with his goofy shenanigans....Herbert Lom another underrated English actor with a stellar performance as Captain Nemo. Michael Craig as the captain of the so called "crew" with a tough disposition to follow as the leader of the group. Great entertainment for all ages.

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