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Mysterious Island (1961) was a Adventure - Family Film directed by Cy Endfield and produced by Charles H. Schneer.

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Mysterious Island ( 1961 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Mar 14, 2021 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

A world beyond imagination! Adventure beyond belief! A band of Union Army prisoners, a Confederate soldier, and a journalist escape in a hot air balloon during the Civil War and are carried off by a storm to an uncharted island populated with giant creatures. This same storm blows in two ladies who ... Read full article


Mysterious Island

By Barry P. on Mar 26, 2020 From Cinematic Catharsis

(1961) Directed by Cy Endfield; Written by John Prebble, Daniel B. Ullman and Crane Wilbur; Based on the novel by Jules Verne; Starring: Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill, Beth Rogan and Herbert Lom Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ***½ “The original s... Read full article


Mysterious Island (1961)

By Beatrice on Jul 2, 2017 From Flickers in Time

Mysterious Island Directed by Cy Endfield Written by John Prebble, Daniel Ullman and Craig Wilbur from a novel by Jules Verne 1961/UK/USA Ameran Films First viewing/Netflix rental Jules Verne adaptations were a continuing trend during the late fifties and early sixties. This one throws in anoth... Read full article


Mysterious Island (1961)

By Christy Putnam on Apr 9, 2016 From Christy Putnam

Mysterious Island (1961) reverberates in some ways with Disney influences from Swiss Family Robinson, future references in popular television programs, and the frightful, but ever-mesmerizing special effects of stop-motion animation hero Ray Harryhausen. . When I was 9 or 10 years old, I wasn?t ... Read full article


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Quotes from

[finding an unconscious Elena on the shore]
Herbert Brown: She's beautiful.
Captain Cyrus Harding: Better than that, she's alive.


Captain Nemo: Now Captain Harding, aren't you ready to dance with the devil now?
Captain Cyrus Harding: Show me the pumps and the power to raise that ship, and then you'll have seven new waltz partners.


[after the men finish eating the giant crab]
Gideon Spilitt: That's the best crab I ever cooked.
Captain Cyrus Harding: We'd be more impressed, Mr. Spilitt, if you'd put it in the pot by yourself.


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Facts about

Although produced by different studios, it is obvious that the exterior design of the "Nautilus" submarine as seen in the film was heavily influenced by Harper Goff's "half crocodile/half shark" Nautilus design in Disney's 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, especially with respect to the sub's top spar and rounded "eye" windows. In the original Jules Verne novels of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and "Mysterious Island", the Nautilus is described as being rather plain, basically a cigar-shaped steel tube with very little outside detailing.
The scene with the giant bird was from the original draft of the script, which was to have had prehistoric monsters rather than giant oysters and crabs.
The opening scenes at the Confederate prison camp were shot in England and the exteriors were shot at Shepperton Square.
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