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Neptune Mysteries (1935)

An underwater look at sea snails and a female octopus.


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Gayne Whitman ...


An off-screen narrator takes us to the ocean floor where we look first at sea snails and then at a mother octopus. The sea snails come with and without shells. We see a group of eggs, then they hatch and we watch nearly microscopic larvae. They whir about. The adult has teeth and a long tongue. We watch one maneuver. We then watch an octopus guard her eggs. She will sit there for three months, on alert, eating nothing. Another octopus appears, they fight. The outcome is in doubt. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Neptune Mysteries: The Struggle to Live Series  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)
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Nice Short
2 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Neptune Mysteries (1935)

*** (out of 4)

Nice short from RKO is part of their "The Struggle to Live" series and this is the first I've seen from it. In this episode we get to see underwater life that includes snails and an octopus. Yes, this film is incredibly dated in both cinematography and storytelling because of what we can watch on channels like Discovery but it's important to keep in mind when the movie was made. On that level I really enjoyed what was offered up here because you can't help but think of the fun folks in 1935 had watching this. The underwater photography is actually pretty good as we get great looks at both creatures and this includes some great close ups of the octopus eggs. I'm really not sure how many films were in this series but hopefully Turner Classic Movies begin to show more.

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