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The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960)

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After being shipwrecked, a man finds himself on an island inhabited by tiny people, who soon make plans for him.

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Jack Sher

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kerwin Mathews ... Dr. Lemuel Gulliver
Jo Morrow ... Gwendolyn
June Thorburn ... Elizabeth
Lee Patterson ... Reldresal
Grégoire Aslan ... King Brob (as Gregoire Aslan)
Basil Sydney ... Emperor of Lilliput
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... Makovan
Martin Benson ... Flimnap
Mary Ellis ... Queen of Brobdingnag
Marian Spencer Marian Spencer ... Empress of Lilliput
Peter Bull ... Lord Bermogg
Alec Mango ... Minister of Lilliput
Sherry Alberoni Sherry Alberoni ... Glumdalclitch (as Sherri Alberoni)
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Doctor Gulliver is poor, so nothing - not even his charming fiancée Elisabeth - keeps him in the town he lives. He signs on to a ship to India, but in a storm he's washed off the ship and ends up on an island, which is inhibitated by very tiny people. After he managed to convince them he's harmless and is accepted as one of their citizens, their king wants to use him in war against a people of giants. Compared to them, even Gulliver is a gnome. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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IN A WORLD AS DIFFERENT AS NIGHT AND DAY! (original ad - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1960 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Gulliver's Travels See more »

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Production Co:

Morningside Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

For this film, "Dynamation"--the name of 'Ray Harryhausen' (qb)'s stop-motion effects technique--was rebranded "Super-Dynamation". Only one other Harryhausen film has this brand: his subsequent film, Mysterious Island (1961). See more »

Goofs

The quantity, type and relative size of fish caught by Gulliver in his hat on the beach in Lilliput changes between his point of view and when he drops them at the feet of the Lilliputians. See more »

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Emperor of Lilliput: I hate justice, but I love law!
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Opening credits prologue: Wapping, England 1699 See more »

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Version of Gulliver's Travels (1992) See more »

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What a Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful Fellow is Gulliver
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Music by George Duning
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Bernard Herrmann's score is film's chief asset...
31 March 2007 | by Neil DoyleSee all my reviews

KERWIN MATHEWS makes a handsome but dull Gulliver in this somewhat slow moving, corny adaptation of Jonathan Swift's GULLIVER'S TRAVELS which might be better visited by watching the old Max Fleischer cartoon that came out during the year of SNOW WHITE.

Ray Harryhausen provides the special effects monsters, but it's strictly the sort of romp you might want your kids to watch before encouraging them to read the actual Swift story with all of its biting satire intact. With today's CGI effects so markedly superior, there's a datedness about the film (made in 1960) that gives it a "quaint" quality.

The story doesn't really take off until Gulliver is washed overboard at sea, landing among the little people as in the original tale. The sequence where he's tied up by the Lilliputians on the beach is remarkably well handled, as he finds himself the pawn of quarreling royalties. Yet, he manages to get them to release him from his bonds. He proves his worth to them and they think of him as their invincible weapon.

The story follows the familiar pattern of other "Gulliver" films, with the "giant" interacting with the little people and settling issues of morality and justice with occasional bits of sermonizing.

Should appeal to kids with its fascinating trick photography and handsome Technicolor trappings, enhanced by the delightful Bernard Herrmann score. But adults had better beware. They might find themselves losing interest after the first half-hour.


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