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Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

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An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.


Henry Levin


Walter Reisch (screenplay), Charles Brackett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
Pat Boone ... Alec McEwan
James Mason ... Sir Oliver S. Lindenbrook
Arlene Dahl ... Carla Göteborg
Diane Baker ... Jenny Lindenbrook
Thayer David ... Count Saknussemm
Peter Ronson ... Hans Belker
Robert Adler ... Groom
Alan Napier ... Dean


Prof. Lindenbrook leads his intrepid party on an expedition to the center of the earth, via a volcano in Iceland, encountering all manner of prehistoric monsters and life-threatening hazards on the way. Written by Mark Hockley <markh@centurione.com>

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Based on Jules Verne's fantastic stories of strange adventure... See more »


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Release Date:

December 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth See more »


Box Office


$3,440,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)| Dolby SR (re-issue)


Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


(at around 2 mins) In the opening scene pipers are marching out of a castle. To the right and left elevated up the wall are two statues: one is William Wallace, the other Robert the Bruce. See more »


(at around 1h 40 mins) When Lindenbrook and Count Saknussemm come back out of the sea after escaping the giant lizard, their footprints in the sand from running out during a previous take are clearly visible. It is not their footprints from running in. See more »


Count Saknussemm: To save what we can, I insist that we leave these regions at once.
Sir Oliver Lindenbrook: You insist? As a matter of fact, he's bloody well right. Let's be off.
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Alternate Versions

In some European versions of the film, for example the Spanish dubbing, the "Prof of Geology's Song" was re-dubbed into the "Gaudeamus Igitur" song. See more »


Edited into Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999) See more »


The Professor of Geology's Song
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An All Time Classic
26 April 2009 | by rudge49See all my reviews

I recently saw this again in the following circumstances:

1. I saw it on the Big Screen at Loew's in Jersey City

2. Arlene Dahl was at the pre-movie reception and later participated in a Q&A session with one of the hosts. If she isn't one of the most charming and gracious Hollywood types I've ever met then she's an even better actress than she's ever been given credit for.

This IS a Big Screen Movie, it must be seen on the Big Screen to be fully appreciated and enjoyed. Despite the fact that it has what I would call a small set quality-once they begin the descent there are only 5 actors with regular lines and they are usually in close proximity to one another, this is an Epic and deserves Epic viewing. Yes it has its share of Movie Mistakes-I noted that all the male actors remain clean shaven throughout and receive regular haircuts. In the scene where Pat Boone discovers the forest of mushrooms and they go hog-wild eating them, Arlene Dahl reminds them that they will soon find the taste of salt beef appealing, it occurred to me than an individual could carry rations for at most 1 week, and here it is the 256th day of the Expedition.

The writers took liberties with Verne's story. In a program note handed out at the theater it was pointed the heroes were changed from Germans to Scots, a Swede and an Icelander because 14 years after the end of WWII English speaking audiences would not accept German heroes. Arlene Dahl's character is a new addition, what Verne stories I've read have almost no female characters. But in addition to eye appeal she also is the translator for Big Hans. Having first seen this movie as a 10 year old the "battle of the sexes" went completely over my head (though 10 year old boys like to look at pretty ladies too)this time around I appreciated it, especially as her character and her portrayal are of a strong willed and assertive woman-they had plenty of those in the 19th Century.

Before the screening there were some introductory remarks. The host said the story can be seen as both straight adventure in a physical sense and as a psychological adventure-penetrating deeper into the human psyche with Count Saknussem representing the Dark Side of humankind but not completely evil. He said note how Bernard Herrman's score uses lower registers as they go deeper into the Earth.

Some of Arlene Dahl's comments:

1. Gertrude the Duck had 4 stand ins, she had one.

2. She said the bats in some of the caves took a liking to Pat Boone, and he seemed to get along with them, so they called him "Bat" Boone. She said he was a much better actor than he is credited as being, said he was fairly easy to work with.

3. She said they all, and Pat Boone especially, worked on their accents. Pat Boone developed a very convincing Scottish burr. Then they got back to the US, Daryly Zabuck decided the dialog in accent s was to hard to follow, they had to re dub their dialog. Naturally the dubbers missed spots-you will hear them.

4. And when she saw it with us she hadn't seen it in 50 years.

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