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Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) was a Adventure - Family Film directed by Henry Levin and produced by Charles Brackett.

Academy Awards 1959 --- Ceremony Number 32 (source: AMPAS)

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Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Lyle R. Wheeler, Franz Bachelin, Herman A. Blumenthal; Set Decoration: Walter M. SNominated
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Journey to the Center of the Earth ( 1959 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Feb 25, 2020 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

Back in 1864, Jules Verne penned "Journey to the Centre of the Earth", a novel about a group of intrepid individuals who undertake a subterranean journey to discover the very center of our Earth. Why would anyone want to take such a journey? As one of the explorers in this expedition explains, "Why ... Read full article


Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

By Beatrice on Dec 5, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Journey to the Center of the Earth Directed by Henry Levin Written by Walter Reisch and Charles Brackett from the novel by Jules Verne 1959/USA Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Cooga Mooga/Joseph M. Schenk Enterprises First viewing/Netflix rental I thought this was fairly dull for what is s... Read full article


Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

on May 6, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

I understand the appeal of the 1950s CinemaScope adventure movies like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80 Days. While their special effects are dated, the practical effects are always spellbinding to see in a world gone to CGI and the actors take it seriously. However, these sam... Read full article


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Hans Belker: [in Icelandic] O, madam, will you all come down here where the boy fell. It is so wonderfully beautiful down there.
Sir Oliver Lindenbrook: What's happened now? What's he saying?
Carla Göteborg: He said we should go back to where Alec fell.


Hans Belker: [in Icelandic] There is a tunnel on this side.
Carla Göteborg: He says there's a tunnel on the other side.
Hans Belker: [in Icelandic] And they slant downhill, and we can walk them.
Carla Göteborg: Slanting downhill, but walkable.


Carla Göteborg: [in Icelandic] Hans, let him go.


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The professor's name in the original novel (French language) was Otto Lidenbrock, a German. In the movie it was changed to Oliver Lindenbrook, a Scotsman. The name of his assistant Axel was Caledonized into Alec. (This was done because of historical hindsight, as 19th-century Scots had become known as the best field geologists, with Germans preferring lab-bound geology.) A more drastic change had already been made with the first (anonymous) English translation of the novel when the Professor's surname became Hartwig and Axel became an English student named Henry Lawson.
Fox gave the green light to this big-budget CinemaScope production partially on the basis of the success of the recent Jules Verne adaptations, Walt Disney's 20000 Leagues Under the Sea and Michael Todd's Around the World in Eighty Days. As with those earlier films, the heavy cost proved to be a good investment, resulting in a big hit at the box office.
Pat Boone didn't want to make this film but was talked into it by his agent. Years later he stated he's glad he did it because of the regular residual checks it brings in and because it's the movie he'll probably be best remembered for.
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