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The Mysterious Island (1929)

On a volcanic island near the kingdom of Hetvia rules Count Dakkar, a benevolent leader and scientist who has eliminated class distinction among the island's inhabitants. Dakkar, his ... See full summary »

Directors:

Lucien Hubbard, Benjamin Christensen (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Jules Verne (from the book by), Lucien Hubbard (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Count Andre Dakkar
Jacqueline Gadsdon ... Countess Sonia Dakkar (as Jane Daly)
Lloyd Hughes ... Nikolai Roget
Montagu Love ... Baron Falon
Harry Gribbon ... Mikhail
Snitz Edwards ... Anton
Gibson Gowland ... Dmitry
Dolores Brinkman Dolores Brinkman ... Teresa
Karl Dane ... Crewman (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

On a volcanic island near the kingdom of Hetvia rules Count Dakkar, a benevolent leader and scientist who has eliminated class distinction among the island's inhabitants. Dakkar, his daughter Sonia and her fiance, engineer Nicolai Roget have designed a submarine which Roget pilots on its initial voyage just before the island is overrun by Baron Falon, despotic ruler of Hetvia. Falon sets out after Roget in a second submarine and the two craft, diving to the ocean's floor, discover a strange land populated by dragons, giant squid and an eerie undiscovered humanoid race. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Actually filmed at the bottom of the ocean off the Bahamas, imperiled by hurricane and storm.(Print Ad-Granby Leader-Mail,((Granby, PQ)) 20 December 1929) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La isla misteriosa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,130,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System) (musical score and sound effects) (talking sequences)| Silent (original version)

Color:

Color (2-color Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

A costume test of Karl Dane, shot in Technicolor, has been preserved by the BFI National Archives. See more »

Goofs

The initial views of the ship's nose during construction shows a blunt rounded appearance as with modern submarines, but the animation views of the ship underway show an almost cartoon-like shape with a swordfish-like pointy nose. See more »

Quotes

Count Andre Dakkar: Here - on this island - all men are equal, Falon.
Baron Falon: I know - of course - but - but - - a sister of Count Dakkar - and - *and a common workman*!
Count Andre Dakkar: No doubt Nikolai has carried things too far, Baron Falon. I'll speak to him - severely.
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Alternate Versions

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer also released this as a totally silent movie. See more »

Connections

Version of Tainstvennyy ostrov (1941) See more »

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Kept me up just to see the sea people
24 November 2002 | by dudeman5685See all my reviews

I saw this a one AM last week on a TMC linel Barrymore marathon.C'mon anything thats labeled sci-fi and 1929 you just gotta love.This semi-talkie has the usual Vernian speculation (distant cousins of man living in the sea a la Blacklagoon) combined with twenties class conflict and Ceasarianism. But the real show is the special effects. Forgive me but those old silent FX just seem so much more "special" than the ones we have to day. Their cool if nothing for their age and a unique surreal quality that you don't see in talkies. Don't beleive me just ask the sea people.


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