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Unknown World (1951)

Approved | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | 26 October 1951 (USA)
Scientists use a gigantic drilling machine for an expedition to the center of the earth.

Director:

Terry O. Morse (as Terrell O. Morse)

Writer:

Millard Kaufman (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bruce Kellogg ... Wright Thompson
Otto Waldis ... Dr. Max A. Bauer
Jim Bannon ... Andy Ostergaard
Tom Handley Tom Handley ... Dr. James Paxton
Dick Cogan ... Dr. George Coleman
George Baxter ... Carlisle Foundation Chairman
Marilyn Nash ... Dr. Joan Lindsey
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Dr. Jerimiah Morley becomes convinced that the world is headed to an inevitable worldwide nuclear war. He organizes an expedition made up of a team of expert scientists and an atomic-powered rock-boring vehicle called a "cyclotram" to find a subterranean environment where holocaust survivors could live indefinitely. When funding falls through, independently rich adventurer Wright Thompson underwrites the project under the condition that he be allowed to go. As the group goes deeper beneath the Earth's crust, personalities clash, tempers flare, and the dangerous journey claims the lives of several expedition members. When they come upon an enormous underground expanse with its own ocean and phosphorescent light, it appears that their goal has been achieved. Written by Gabe Taverney {duke1029@aol.com)

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Adventure into the unknown! See more »

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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This project was actually put together by two special effects men, Jack Rabin and Irving Block, who are listed as producers. See more »

Goofs

The explorers stop tunneling at 1640 miles straight down. Considering their speed of travel and their angle of descent, it would take as much as two years to get that far. But we see no evidence that their trip takes anywhere near that long, and it's doubtful they could carry enough food and other supplies for such a long time. See more »

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Dr. Joan Lindsey: Mean well? Next you'll be calling us starry-eyed idealists!
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Not as bad as I would have liked
11 September 2000 | by Kevin-278See all my reviews

I thought that this would be a typical "lost world" type movie. A bunch of people set out on an adventure to find a hide away from the threat of nuclear war by drilling deep into the earth...sounds similar to a lot of other story lines. Problem is that with effects of this style (not too bad for the time), and acting this bad, I thought at least we would get a cave man or a cheap dinosaur. No, they just keep going deeper and deeper, losing members of the team as they go. It also ends so abruptly that you think the writer just gave up.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Without Stars See more »

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Lippert Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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