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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.

Director:

Henry Levin

Writers:

Walter Reisch (screenplay), Charles Brackett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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
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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 »


Certificate:

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Trivia

The framed picture of a ship on the wall of Carla's equipment room is the "Sovereign of the Seas',a large British warship built in 1637. See more »

Goofs

(at around 3 mins) At the beginning of the film when Professor Lindenbrook is hailing a newspaper salesman, he is standing in front of a bookstore. It's clearly shot with James Mason in front of a blue screen with the background added later. However, the scale of the bookstore is way off since the books behind his left waist appear to be several feet wide. See more »

Quotes

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 »


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The Professor of Geology's Song
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Grand fantasy film-making, fun for all ages.
27 August 2002 | by haristasSee all my reviews

I can attest to the feelings expressed by the last couple commentators about 1959's "Journey To The Center Of The Earth." This is a wonderful family film from the bygone Eisenhower-era of the 1950s. Even though I've been watching it on TV since I was a kid in the sixties, I'd only seen pan&scan versions, and it wasn't until I got it letterboxed on laserdisc that I finally saw what a big-screen entertainment this movie was meant to be. It has wonderful scope and a score by Bernard Herrmann that takes you right down into the bowels of the earth. Listen to it and you'll notice what I mean, as the movie progresses the music keeps going into a lower and lower register. Five organs were used, including one meant for a Cathedral. (The complete original recordings of the score are available on CD from Varese Sarabande.) This movie also has the great James Mason in it, so you know it's got to be good. Sure it's long in the telling and takes a while to get you down that extinct volcano in Iceland, but it's fun all the way with great special effects work by L.B. Abbott and matte paintings by Emil Kosa Jr. The only way to watch this movie is in wide-screen and it's long past due that 20th Century Fox puts this out on DVD in a letterboxed anamorphic transfer. Let's hope that they do it soon.


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Release Date:

December 1959 (UK) See more »

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Budget:

$3,440,000 (estimated)
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4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)| Dolby SR (re-issue)

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Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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