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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916)

A French professor and his daughter accompany Captain Nemo on an adventure aboard a submarine.

Director:

Stuart Paton

Writer:

Jules Verne (based on: "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dan Hanlon Dan Hanlon ... Professor Aronnax
Edna Pendleton ... Aronnax's Daughter
Curtis Benton Curtis Benton ... Ned Land
Allen Holubar ... Capt. Nemo
Matt Moore ... Lieutenant Bond
Jane Gail ... A Child of Nature
Howard Crampton ... Cyrus Harding
William Welsh William Welsh ... Charles Denver (as William Welch)
Lois Alexander Lois Alexander ... Prince Daaker's Daughter as a Child
Wallis Clark Wallis Clark ... Pencroft (as Wallace Clark)
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Storyline

Captain Nemo has built a fantastic submarine for his mission of revenge. He has traveled over 20,000 leagues in search of Charles Denver - a man who caused the death of Princess Daaker. Seeing what he had done, Denver took the daughter to his yacht and sailed away. He abandoned her and a sailor on a mysterious island and has come back after all these years to see if she is still alive and if the nightmares he has will stop. The daughter has been found by five survivors of a Union Army Balloon that crashed near the island. At sea, Professor Aronnax was aboard the ship 'Abraham Lincoln' when Nemo rammed it and threw the Professor, his daughter and two others into the water. Prisoners at first, they are now treated as guests to view the underwater world and to hunt under the waves. Nemo will also tells them about the Nautilus and the revenge that has driven him for all these years. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea See more »

Filming Locations:

New Providence Island, Bahamas See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted and toned)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The octopus was nicknamed Fatima and was built by J. Ernest Williamson. See more »

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In one scene on the island the balloon survivors are at a table and a black servant appears. He never shows up again and is not rescued at the end of the film with the rest of the survivors. See more »

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Alternate Versions

In 1993 Jeff Forrester / USA Networks produced NEW copyrighted versions of mainstream silent films w/ EXCLUSIVE scores & NEW inter-titles. All but one were in black & white. There were 7 in total. They were aired on the SYFY (SCI-FI) Channel during the Christmas holiday in 1993 as part of SCI-FI Channel's Silent Cinema marathon. It was hosted by renowned film critic Jeffrey Lyons & was taped @ the AMERICAN MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE in Astoria, NY. These particular versions have NEVER been available in ANY home video format. Their whereabouts are currently unknown. They were distributed by JORDEXX TELEVISION, INC. The 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1916) score was composed & performed by Peter McCarty. See more »

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Silent Version - 1916)
15 September 2007 | by gzwebdiver-1See all my reviews

I found this film extraordinary, if for no other reason than the fact, that that they used underwater photography showing divers in deep sea helmets using what looked to be rifles with spears attached (early spear guns, I imagine) actually shooting at a large group of sharks swimming around them. I also didn't see any air lines attached to any of these divers, however, if you looked closely, you could see some air bubbles come out of the helmets of the divers every so often. They must have been using some type of compressed air with a regulator, however when I queried Google, I was informed that SCUBA wasn't invented until 1939 for the US Navy and the air regulator hadn't been invented until 1943 by Jacques Cousteau. There was a device that contained compressed air in a belt attached to a diver's helmet that was invented in 1825 but that would only allow a diver to stay under 7 minutes. Were they really able to get all of the shots with the divers within that time frame. Very curious. Does anyone have the technical details for how this film was accomplished? I give this film a 9 for technology and a 5 for story line and acting for a 7 overall.


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