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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

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

Neb Nugent: Captain... what language is this?
Captain Cyrus Harding: It's Latin. "Mihi libertas necessest."
Lady Mary Fairchild: "I must have liberty."


Gideon Spilitt: Captain, why don't we turn this island into a democracy and elect a leader? One who won't keep escaping to places which need escaping from.
Captain Cyrus Harding: Because all of us here are still at war, and I just happen to be the ranking officer.


[last lines]
Captain Cyrus Harding: We deeply regretted we could not save the life of the man who had saved ours. A man who dedicated himself to ending strife among men. And when we returned to civilization, we all pledged ourselves to working for a peaceful and bountiful world, as Captain Nemo would have it.


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Facts about

The scenes on the island were actually filmed on the coast of Spain.
The armature for the crab is covered with the shell of a real crab instead of the usual latex. Ray Harryhausen bought three crabs for the production, having one humanely killed by a museum employee as boiling it would have changed the color of the shell. The other two were used for close-ups of the crabs' mandibles, which would otherwise have required a huge amount of time to properly animate. These crabs subsequently served as a dinner entrée for Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer.
The opening scenes at the Confederate prison camp were shot in England and the exteriors were shot at Shepperton Square.
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