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The Land Unknown (1957)

Three men and a woman crash-land in a deep crater in Antarctica, where they find a prehistoric world.

Director:

Virgil W. Vogel (as Virgil Vogel)

Writers:

László Görög (screenplay) (as Laszlo Gorog), William N. Robson (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jock Mahoney ... Commander Harold Roberts
Shirley Patterson ... Margaret Hathaway (as Shawn Smith)
William Reynolds ... Lt. Jack Carmen
Henry Brandon ... Dr. Carl Hunter
Douglas Kennedy ... Capt. Burnham (as Douglas R. Kennedy)
Phil Harvey ... Steve Miller
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Storyline

On a naval expedition to Antarctica, three men and reporter Maggie Hathaway crash-land in a crater 1000 m below sea level. There, they encounter steamy tropical forest, dinosaurs, carnivorous plants, and human footprints, as Maggie's clothes become more and more abbreviated. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THRILLS...IN A PARADISE OF HIDDEN TERRORS! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Flug zur Hölle See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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At the beginning of the film, LT Carmen is wearing the "aviation green" uniform. This uniform was for naval aviation personnel from 1925 to until finally in 2011. The uniform was rarely seen due to restrictions put on it by senior commanders and naval regulations. See more »

Goofs

Despite spending 25 days in the jungle without any toiletries or shaving equipment, the three male leads never grow beards. In fact, they remain perfectly clean-shaven the entire time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Capt. Burnham: Your goal, gentlemen: Antarctica. Five million square miles of terra incognate, but your job to make it just a little less incognate.
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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Dinosaurs (1996) See more »

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Skull Island at the South Pole
27 June 2000 | by David NewcastleSee all my reviews

A rip-roaring sci-fi adventure that has quite a lot going for it: a novel premise, a square-jawed hero, a lovely blond heroine, and several dinosaurs presented in a bizarre landscape.

Universal's ace effects artist Clifford Stine did a terrific job. The sets are also remarkable. The film's explanation for the presences of a tropical prehistoric world in the frozen Antarctic is intelligent and plausible. The character don't act like stereo-types, so the plot avoids being predictable. Be kind when you view the dinosaurs; they serve the story well, despite the fact that they're puppets, men in suits, and enlarged lizards.

If at all possible, see the wide-screen version. There's nothing worse than watching a dinosaur's mid-section attack somebody off-screen because the dino's head and tail have been cut


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