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The Incredible Petrified World (1959)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | April 1960 (USA)
Four adventurers descend to the depths of the ocean when the cable on their underwater diving bell snaps. The rest of their expedition, believing them to be lost, abandons hope of finding ... See full summary »


Jerry Warren


John W. Steiner (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
John Carradine ... Prof. Millard Wyman
Robert Clarke ... Craig Randall
Phyllis Coates ... Dale Marshall
Allen Windsor Allen Windsor ... Paul Whitmore
Sheila Noonan Sheila Noonan ... Lauri Talbott
George Skaff George Skaff ... Dr. J.R. Matheny
Maurice Bernard Maurice Bernard ... Ingol - Old Man in the Caverns
Joe Maierhauser Joe Maierhauser ... Jim Wyman
Harry Raven Harry Raven ... The Captain
Lloyd Nelson ... Wilson - Sonar Man
Jack Haffner Jack Haffner ... Jimmy - Reporter
Milt Collion Milt Collion ... Hank
Robert Carroll Robert Carroll ... Narrator (voice)
Lowell Hopkins Lowell Hopkins ... Reporter
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Four adventurers descend to the depths of the ocean when the cable on their underwater diving bell snaps. The rest of their expedition, believing them to be lost, abandons hope of finding them. Exiting the diving bell, the party finds themselves in a network of underwater caverns. They encounter a shipwreck survivor. He tells them he has been there for 14 years and that there is no way out. The two men in the exploring party believe him only after a hike to a volcanic vent that supplies the caverns with oxygen. On the surface, Prof. Millard Wyman, the elder scientist who designed the original diving bell, decides to try again to explore the depths of the ocean. He finds out that there is another diving bell in existence that is identical to the one that was lost... Written by Jim Cobb <gymcobb@azstarnet.com>

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The underwater caves scenes were filmed at Colossal Cave in Tucson, Arizona. See more »


The boat's crane extends over the starboard side. In reality, if a heavy diving bell is lowered over the side of a modestly sized boat, the overturning force will cause the boat to list severely or even roll over. For this reason, real boats used for lowering diving bells are generally equipped with a crane that lowers the bell through a hatch in the center of the boat's hull, or over the stern in-line with the hull centerline; this prevents the boat from rolling as the bell is lowered. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: This is the sea, as old as the world itself. It extends over three quarters of the surface of the globe. The sea: the birthplace of life, the great storehouse of minerals, the prison of haunting mysteries.
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It wasn't just a volcano erupting!
12 August 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

"I've made some of the greatest films ever made - and a lot of crap, too."

John Carradine, who had roles in The Ten Commandments and Stagecoach and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, But Were Afraid to Ask among his 334 films, and won awards for The Scarecrow and House of the Long Shadows, would probably list this film as one that was crap.

He plays a scientist that sends down a diving bell with four people to 1,700 feet when they get stranded. They manage to make it into Arizona's Colossal Cave and they meet up with a hairy bugger who has been stranded there 14 years. Forget the others, this guy is focused on Phyllis Coates, who was the first Lois Lane on TV.

Yes, 14 years all alone and this old timer wants to find a way to get rid of the competition and have Lois to himself. Before he could get started, the volcano erupts and, well, just one eruption.

I just love this exchange between the two women:

Dale Marshall: You just listen to me, Miss Innocent. There's nothing friendly between two females. There never was. There never will be. Lauri Talbott: Sorry you feel that way. I was hoping we could help each other. Dale Marshall: You don't need help - neither do I. Not as long as we have two men around us.

O, the days when women thought that way.

This film had some very valuable information in it. I didn't know that people dived with a thermos of hot coffee, but it is good they do, as it is just the thing to revive someone who has run out of air.

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April 1960 (USA) See more »

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El increíble mundo petrificado See more »

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Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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