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Transatlantic Tunnel (1935)

The Tunnel (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 27 October 1935 (USA)
A team of international scientists and engineers attempts to build a tunnel under the ocean.

Director:

Maurice Elvey

Writers:

Bernhard Kellermann (novel) (as B. Kellermann), Curt Siodmak (screen story) (as Kurt Siodmak) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Richard McAllan
Leslie Banks ... Frederick Robbins
Madge Evans ... Ruth McAllan
Helen Vinson ... Varlia Lloyd
C. Aubrey Smith ... Lloyd
Basil Sydney ... Mostyn
Henry Oscar ... Grellier
Hilda Trevelyan Hilda Trevelyan ... Mary
Cyril Raymond ... Harriman
Jimmy Hanley ... Geoffrey McAllan
George Arliss ... Prime Minister of Great Britain (as Mr. George Arliss)
Walter Huston ... President of the United States (as Mr. Walter Huston)
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Engineers Richard McAllan and Frederick Robinson manage to get financial backing for a gigantic project to build a tunnel from England to America. His biggest supporter is Varlia Lloyd, daughter of one of the backers, and she uses her influence more than once to keep the project going. Mack's wife Ruth is also supportive, although his constantly being away on the tunnel project strains their marriage, and affects his relationship with their son. After years of financial skulduggery and physical obstacles under the ocean floor, the tunnel proceeds as Mack's marriage and his friendship with Robbie deteriorate. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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The next wonder of the world is the wonder of the movie world

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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The film begins in the 1940s and proceeds forward about 20 years. See more »

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Although the story takes place over a period of about twenty years, none of the principal players shows any sign of aging, despite all the ordeals encountered. See more »

Quotes

Richard 'Mack' McAllan: There are bigger things than money.
Airways Magnate: We don't deal in 'em.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the opening credits, a card comes up with "Gaumont-British Picture Corpn. Ltd. were fortunate in securing the services of Mr. George Arliss and Mr. Walter Huston for the parts of Prime Minister of Great Britain and President of the United States." See more »

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"Even marriage couldn't change your infinite monotony."
27 September 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Fascinating story, set in the near future (for the 1930s), about a joint American-British project to build an undersea tunnel from London to New York. The tunnel is the brainchild of engineer Richard Dix, who leads the work on building it. The project takes years and costs him dearly in the end.

I'm a huge classic movie buff but I had never even heard of this wonderful gem until today. It combines futuristic sci-fi technology with downbeat realism about how such a project could actually be accomplished and what it would cost, in terms of money and lives. The sets are absolutely jaw-dropping. This is 1935, people, and it wasn't even made with a huge Hollywood budget. Wait until you see the effort put into making this work. The sets, the gadgets, the special effects are all very impressive. No CGI here. This is a prime example of how good old-school could be. While this is all very cool, the movie does have more going for it than just looking great. The cast is solid, with iron-jawed Richard Dix taking the lead. Dix could be a wooden actor at times but here I thought he was very good. Beautiful Madge Evans is likable as his noble wife. Leslie Banks plays his best friend. Ladies, Leslie Banks has a shower scene. You're welcome. Good support from C. Aubrey Smith, Basil Sydney, and Helen Vinson. The characters in this film may be prone to melodramatics at times but I felt none of them were completely clichéd. I was surprised more than once by their actions. Also, nice guest appearances from Walter Huston and George Arliss, as the American President and British Prime Minister respectively.

The soap opera elements seem to factor into most of the complaints I've read. I really didn't think this part of the film was that bad, especially for this period when playing to the rafters was expected. Your tolerance on this may vary, however. The work on the tunnel, which comprises most of the runtime, is gripping stuff. This is one film that should appeal to a variety of movie fans. I definitely recommend you seek it out. Oh, and dig that awesome movie poster.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1935 (USA) See more »

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Transatlantic Tunnel See more »

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1.37 : 1
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