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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

Captain Cyrus Harding: This was just the beginning. We escaped, but only into the clutches of the greatest storm in American History.
Captain Cyrus Harding: Below us, when we could still see through the patches of angry clouds, were smashed cities and forests torn up by their roots.
Captain Cyrus Harding: Then finally, the earth disappeared from our view. We were prisoners of the wind, helpless in the storm's mighty grip. And we wondered, how much longer we'd remain aloft. Would we ever set foot on the earth again?

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

Captain Nemo: What I did was in the name of peace. Your war, like all wars, glories in devastation and death.
Captain Cyrus Harding: Well, my war will set men free.

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Facts about

Ray Harryhausen has related the story of watching a cut of the film with composer Bernard Herrmann. In a sequence involving a giant bird, Herrmann told Harryhausen that he was going to score it with "Turkey in the Straw" (he was only kidding).
Producer Charles H. Schneer claimed that he chose this story after reading an article stating that Jules Verne's "Mysterious Island" was the most-looked-at book at public libraries.
A real Brown crab was disemboweled, dismembered, cleaned and fitted with an internal armature for Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion animation of the giant crab. Additional live crabs were used for some of the "facial" close-ups, then later cooked for a crew dinner.
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