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Valley of the Dragons (1961)

Approved | | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | November 1961 (USA)
In 1881, in Algeria, Michael Denning and Hector Servadac are fighting a duel when a comet brushing Earth takes the two men to the Moon where they discover a prehistoric civilization.

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Hector Servadac
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Michael Denning
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Deena
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Nateeta
Gregg Martell ...
Od-Loo
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Tarn / Doctor
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Patoo
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Anoka
Roger Til ...
Vidal
Mark Dempsey ...
Andrews
Jerry Sunshine ...
LeClerc
Dolly Grey ...
Mara
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Algeria 1881. Two men, Michael Denning and Hector Servadac are having a duel with one another when a comet goes past the earth at low altitude. The strong wind this creates transports the two men to the moon. They find themselves in a jungle inhabited by reptiles and prehistoric humans. They have a difficult time before they manage to adapt to the dangers, but eventually they each find a girl to spend time with, awaiting the next return of the comet to take them back to Earth. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Battle for survival - against brutal, bestial Neanderthals! See more »


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El valle de los dragones  »

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Some US advertising materials promoted the movie as having been filmed in "Monstascope", suggesting some kind of wide-screen process, but this was entirely misleading. In fact, the film was photographed with spherical lenses and projected at 1.85:1 - wider than regular Academy aperture (1.37:1), but not quite CinemaScope. See more »

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The characters experience a fairly normal Earth like day-night cycle. Approximately 12 hours of daylight and 12 of darkness. Nights and days on the moon last 14+ DAYS each. See more »

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Michael Denning: It's amazing how a Frenchman always finds a woman.
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Referenced in One Million Years B.C. (1966) See more »

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Swimming on a Comet with a Centerfold
27 July 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

A Frenchman (Cesare Danova) and an American (Sean McClory) are about to fight a duel in Algiers in the year 1881 when a passing comet sweeps them up. Apparently the comet does this every hundred thousand years or so and each time it picks up pieces of Earth, along with people and animals. So the two men find themselves hurtling through space on the comet, in a strange world with prehistoric people and creatures, including dinosaurs.

Danova and McClory are both likable. They're joined by Danielle De Metz and former Playboy centerfold Joan Staley as the cavegirls these lucky dogs find themselves paired up with. Staley's underwater swimming scene is a highlight of the movie. Based on the Jules Verne story "Off on a Comet," the premise is outdated and ridiculous but that's part of what I like about it. I enjoy fanciful old science fiction stories from a time when people didn't think they had everything figured out. There was still a sense of wonder about discovery and exploration in the world that seems to be sadly missing today. Yeah, the special effects are hokey and it borrows liberally from other movies, including a good bit of stock footage. Still, I found it a fun, charming B movie. If you're a fan of sci-fi and fantasy movies from this period, I'm sure you'll find it appealing despite its faults.


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