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Invention for Destruction (1958)

Vynález zkázy (original title)
An evil millionaire named Artigas plans to use a super-explosive device to conquer the world from his headquarters inside an enormous volcano.


Karel Zeman


Frantisek Hrubín (scenario), Jules Verne (novel) | 3 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Lubor Tokos ... Simon Hart
Arnost Navrátil Arnost Navrátil ... Profesor Roch
Miroslav Holub ... Artigas (as Miloslav Holub)
Frantisek Slégr Frantisek Slégr ... Kapitán pirátu
Václav Kyzlink Václav Kyzlink ... Ing. Serke
Jana Zatloukalová Jana Zatloukalová ... Jana
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hugh Downs ... Self - Announcer (voice)


An evil millionaire named Artigas plans to use a super-explosive device to conquer the world from his headquarters inside an enormous volcano.

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THE MOST WONDROUS WONDERS EVER TO EXCITE AND DELIGHT THE SCREEN! (original ad for U.S. double feature of "The Fabulous World of Jules Verne" and "Bimbo the Great" - all caps) See more »


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Did You Know?


The steam locomotive featured early in the film was an actual American design from the 1850s, and the steam automobile was also an actual French design called "Mancelle" from the 1870s. See more »


Lion fish never grow as large as shown. A lot of the fish look bigger than they really are when looking out the window of the submarine. See more »


Himself - Announcer: [This first part is live and only in the original English release version that is sometimes cut out of television viewings] Hello! I'm Hugh Downs! This is a model of one of our newest submarines! A submarine similar to this recently sailed around the world without refueling and without once coming to the surface! Amazing isn't it! And this... a new jet passenger plane! Los Angeles to New York in less than five hours! Flies from New York to Paris in seven! It took Lindberg thirty-three hours to ...
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Crazy Credits

"In the new motion picture technique Mysti-Mation" [US dubbed release] See more »

Alternate Versions

The original U.S. theatrical release featured an introduction by Hugh Downs. This introduction had been removed from the television release. See more »


Featured in Film Adventurer Karel Zeman (2015) See more »

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Hats Off, Gentlemen. A Genius!
31 December 2011 | by cstotlar-1See all my reviews

This is even better than Jules Verne (albeit some minor Verne works) with not only the stories and some of the dialogue but period engravings surrounding live actors, animation magic to boot and uncountable other technical tours de force. It is rather cool, perhaps, with the characters rather distant from the viewers but they take second place to the virtuoso special effects. And what effects they are! The drawings are so real they pop off the screen and the music is absolutely wonderful - full Twentieth Century in this case. This is rather like the most elaborate of magic shows: we are willing to sit back and be amused - and amazed. Bravo Karel Zeman and bravo to the whole team! Curtis Stotlar

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Release Date:

August 1958 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fabulous World of Jules Verne See more »

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1.37 : 1
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