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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 »

Director:

Jerry Warren

Writer:

John W. Steiner (original screenplay)
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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SEE MONSTERS! EARTHQUAKES! VOLCANOS! (original posters-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El increíble mundo petrificado See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

GBM Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

It's blatantly obvious that the diving bell prop hanging from the boat's crane is far smaller than the film set of the bell's interior; the prop is only about 6 feet in diameter and 8 feet tall, while the set is large enough for 4 adults to walk around without crowding. See more »

Quotes

[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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The most exciting thing about the film is the title ...
17 October 2004 | by FranklinTVSee all my reviews

When thinking of a catchy film title, "The Incredible Petrified World" is a strange one, as by the third word, you are starting to think of frozen stillness becoming lifeless. So, in this case, it is an apt title.

The simple problem with this film is nothing happens; and it seems forever to occur.

Our four heroes (sorry, two heroes and two women, judging by the subservient roles given to the female leads, and the bleak plot warning that if you step out of line, men will hate and leave you) go down in a dodgy diving bell, which conveniently fails at depth near an underwater cave that glows in the dark (phosphorus they explain). I could be critical of the science at this point, but this claim pales with the completely unexplained manner they can snorkel in and out of the diving bell without it being flooded.

Anyway, once they reach the Incredible Petrified World (aka small cave with glowing walls), they eventually meet a stranger who claims he got there from a shipwreck 14yrs ago. Now, it would have been good if they explained how he might have been able to swim so deep without being scuba supported, although it would have been better to explain why they chose to make him look like Chico Marx with a Santa beard, and wearing caveman clothes.

And thats the main problem; you don't mind putting up with the first three quarters being tedious if there is a payoff. Alas, in this case, the payoff is just the remaining tedious quarter.


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