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Plot: An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer’s trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth’s center.
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Wonderful fantasy adventure.
Intrepid professor Sir Oliver S. Lindenbrook leads an expedition towards the center of the Earth via an extinct Icelandic volcano. The journey is sure to be fraught with danger and little do they know that their trip will take in many unchartered wonders…both good and bad!
As adventure films go, Journey To The Center Of The Earth has few peers, it’s a wonderful film based around the Jules Verne story of the same name. There are no hidden agendas here, no wry social commentary or satirical edginess, it is pure fantastical entertainment that wants you to enjoy its science heart whilst you have a blast following this group into the wondrous unknown. Lost cities, prehistoric lizards, underground oceans, crystal caves, sand mines, murder, sabotage, and on it goes for just over two hours of delightful movie making, it even has time for a bit of cheeky sexual tom foolery for the knowing adult.
I’m sure the likes of Spielberg & Lucas were nodding in approval back in the day.
The sets, the sound, and the special effects were all nominated for Academy Awards, and sure enough all may well seem tame by todays bloated standards, but this is 1959 and let your mind be back to that time and you surely will be taken in by this joyous experience. While I must also mention that location footage shot in the beautiful Carlsbad Caverns that adds to the dynamic feel of the picture. Lead acting duties fall to the irrepressible James Mason as Lindenbrook, perfectly cast as he nails all the traits of this dyed in the wood professor. Support comes from Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl (the colour photography perfectly showing her piercing eyes), Peter Ronson and star of the show Gertrude The Duck.
It was magical to me as a child, it’s still as magical to me now I’m in my advancing years, wonderful indeed. 9/10
***Into the bowels of the earth with James Mason, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl and… Gertrude, the duck***
In 1880, a professor from Edinburgh (James Mason) leads a team to follow a renowned scientist’s path down an extinct volcano in Iceland to explore the bowels of the earth. Pat Boone plays the professor’s favorite student, Arlene Dahl the Swedish wife of the professor’s rival, Peter Ronson a towering Icelandic ranch hand and Thayer David the morally dubious descendent of the original pioneer.
Very loosely based on Jules Verne’s book, “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (1959) is an amusing and imaginative family-friendly adventure flick with a superlative cast. It’s not great like “Mysterious Island” (1961) and is a little less serious, but it’s cut from the same cloth and is worth checking out if you can appreciate the quaintness of movies from that time period. Redhead Dahl is stunning, a true whoa-man. And Gertrude the duck is entertaining, but what happens to her is unforgivable.
The film runs 2 hours, 12 minutes, and was shot in Edinburgh, Scotland; Carlsbad, New Mexico; and Malibu & Lone Pine, California; along with lots of stuff done in the studio.
A guilty pleasure
I have always loved this movie. I have it on tape and have almost worn it out. Time to look for a DVD. THe performances are top notch. Even though Pat Boone falls in and out of his accent he does a creditable job as a Scot. Looks very dashing in the Glendarroch tartan! Jenny sounds like she’s from America. They needed a scene where someone explains that Jenny is Uncle Oliver’s niece from Kansas.
Arlene Dahl was always a favorite in the 50s and 60s as a strong woman. James Mason is excellent as always. Loved the duck, Gertrude! When I saw this movie as a child, I wanted a duck for a pet. My mother was smart enough to refuse.
A Hollow Earth: Such a Curiosity
In the 1820s Captain John Symmes was writing pamphlets, and lobbying in Washington for a scheme for a major exploration expedition he wished to lead. A citizen of Ohio, Captain Symmes wanted the federal government to organize an expedition to go into the Pacific, then head for the south pole. And once there, Captain Symmes believed they would find a huge hole – and once you entered it you would find that the interior of the entire earth was hollow from pole to pole. The inside would be quite temperate, even tropical. Possibly it could be settled by Americans.
In the late days of the second administration of President Andrew Jackson, Symmes got his wish. The U.S. Exploration Expedition was commissioned to do an in depth survey of the whole Pacific (and go as far south as possible). But Symmes was not chosen to lead it – it was lead by Captain Charles Wilkes, a temperamental career naval officer. In the end Wilkes was at sea for four years (1838 – 1842: it began officially in the Van Buren administration, and ended in the Tyler administration). It’s outstanding accomplishment was Wilkes discovery of the continent of Antarctica. Wilkes had some problems (he was given a court martial for some error in judgment), but he survived, to commit a diplomatic disaster in 1861 called “the Trent Affair”, and ending up a rear admiral before being retired by Lincoln during the Civil War.
Symmes did not see any of this. His daughter Anne married a young army hero and political would-be named William Henry Harrison. In 1840 Symmes’ son-in-law was elected President of the United States. He only served a month (March 4 – April 4, 1841) before becoming the first President to die in office.
Nobody has ever found proof that Symmes theoretical hollow earth theory was remotely possible. We certainly have never found any connecting temperate world between the two poles. But the theory was discussed seriously in American and Europe. And one of those who latched unto it was Jules Verne, who uses it in his novel JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH.
The novel and the film are not the same. First of all the name of the professor is not Lindenbrook (a Scottsman) but Liedenbrock (a German). Some editions give his name as Professor Von Hardwigg. Secondly, except for Arne Saknassum, no member of his family is in the novel. There is no pet duck named Gertrude. There is no romantic pair of ladies to pair off with James Mason and Pat Boone. All those were added to the script by other writers than Verne.
Still despite it’s false premise with “the Hollow Earth”, and all of these changes, it is a fun film. Mason and Arlene Dahl make an interesting paring, Diane Baker and Pat Boone a reasonably good junior couple. Thayer David, a familiar and welcome performer in his day, finally had a decent lead role in this film. So I do recommend watching the movie, for all it’s “flaws”.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 9 min (129 min)
Genre Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Director Henry Levin
Writer Walter Reisch (screenplay), Charles Brackett (screenplay), Jules Verne (novel)
Actors Pat Boone, James Mason, Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker
Awards Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.
Production Company Twentieth Century Fox, Joseph M. Schenck Productions
Sound Mix 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System), Dolby SR (re-issue)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Bausch & Lomb Lenses, Mitchell Cameras
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process CinemaScope
Printed Film Format 35 mm