Mysterious Island (1961)

 


 

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During the US Civil War, Union POWs escape in a balloon and end up stranded on a South Pacific island, inhabited by giant plants and animals. They must use their ingenuity to survive the dangers, and to devise a way to return home. Sequel to \’20,000 Leagues Under the Sea\’ .

Written by
Stewart M. Clamen <[email protected]>

Genre: Adventure,Family,Sci-Fi,Fantasy

Mysterious Island (1961)
   
Release Date: 20 December 1961 (USA)
Country: UK , USA
Director: Cy Endfield
Cast:
  • Michael Craig
  • Joan Greenwood
  • Michael Callan
  • Gary Merrill
  • Herbert Lom
  • Beth Rogan
  • Percy Herbert
  • Dan Jackson


21 Responses to Mysterious Island (1961)

  1. simon-118
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    Harding’s plan to use the balloon pumped full of air to raise the ship is fabulous but what would happen once the pipe feeding the air in is detached as they sail away? Would the air remain inside the balloon as it is not sealed or would the balloon then fill with water and the ship sink?

  2. babettegillette
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    For anyone with a sense of wonder, this movie has it all. Exotic adventure, great effects, beautiful color, a very pretty girl, and a scowling Herbert Lom as crazy Captain Nemo. Am curious. In real life, did Lom have a good sense of humor? In all the movies I have seen in which he was a part, he always played villians or serious types. He probably did have a humorous side.

  3. RNE
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    This was a great scean along with the attack of the Giant Bird. I loved the characters (herbert and elena)they were so cute together. I mean if you were a giant bird would’nt you want to eat them? Back to the Bees!! I loved Ray Harryhausen’s special effects espacialy the stop motion. He is a genius. And the Bees sealing in this cute young couple who are barely dressed is way hot. I wonder what this scean would look like in a remake. Who would play (herbert and elena). Giant bees and sexy, tiny humans. Great film!!

    Any comments?

  4. spotlightne
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    I was shocked and it’s 2009!!!!

  5. DrWu
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    After the castaways find the chest with the much-needed supplies, Mr. Spilitt is seen shaving with soap and a straight razor in the cave. However, moments after he is done shaving, he still appears to have about a 4-day growth of beard. Must have been a dull razor.

  6. LCShackley
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    How strange that they hired a British actor to play the part of the Confederate soldier. Through the whole film I kept trying to place the odd accent. I’ve never heard anything like it in the South!

  7. Hammerfanatic46
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    Gordon P. Clarkson

    The Civil War Scene at the begining looks like it has been lifted from another Film.Does anyone know which one ?

  8. rsgre
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    Just watched my DVD copy on our new 32 inch LCD TV, and DVD player…magnificent ! Time seperates the good from the bad, and this one is just great ! Perfect script, great cast, Bernard Herrman at the pinnacle of his powers delivers a fantastic, incredible, and beautiful score…!! What else can I say…? Going to watch it again tonight ! The true meaning of a "feel good" great adventure film…probably the finest of the Harryhausen/Schneer partnership, with "Jason & the Argonauts" a definite second. Might have more…

    Regards,

    RSGRE

  9. ahope-3
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    ’nuff said.

  10. PhotoV
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    i have loved this film ever since i first saw it. my brother and i taped it off tv one year and have pretty much worn the tape out with many repeated viewings over the years. the score to this film is amazing in my book. it accompanied the film nicely and sticks in my head after seeing the film. anyone, by any chance, now of a torrent of the soundtrack or even a place where the soundtrack would be for sale fairly cheaply?

  11. bgh48
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    Ah, yes, the box office sex-appeal teen demographic: after days of being on the balloon and upon arriving at the island, we see that Michael Callan hasn’t got a bit of stubble on him, as opposed to his hairy compatriots. And of course an English Victorian upper class lady would sew her young attractive niece a skintight leather "dress that reaches down to about navel level. Me, I was more excited about the boiled crab; ah! a nice seafood dinner washed down with goat’s milk.

  12. DawnMuse29
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    They helim-powered balloon was not available in the 1860’s….. hot air warmed by a flame………also,the wind comes from the west, so they couldn’t have landed on a PACIFIC island.

    The island had palm trees, which was ok……. but then it would hot have had deciduous trees as well.

    A woman in the 1860’d would NEVER bare her thighs or legs……..

  13. alien426
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    If this movie had come out this year instead of 1961 people would have been enraged. They really butchered the Jules Verne book "The Mysterious Island". And in a way that you would expect from modern companies.

    Was there a single woman in the book? No. They just had to add a little love story. Herbert was 15 years old in the novel!

    Were there giant animals in the book? No. And to justify them, they had this ludicrous explanation that Captain Nemo wanted to feed the world and thereby end war. Yeah right. Those giants surely don’t need equivalently more food and space?! Also each of them attacked on sight – ranchers must love that!

    Top the dog, Jup the monkey? Just not there. Ayrton – the other castaway – only gets an appearance as a skeleton.

    Sure the characters in the novel are a bit unrealistic (as Isaac Asimov nicely criticizes in the afterword of my edition), but at least they aren’t a bunch of unlikable fools. Herbert turns into a coward who goes after the first skirt he sees, Gideon Spilett turns into a lazy sensationalist journalist, Pencroft is suddenly a Confederate and a balloon driver, Cyrus Harding is no where near the calm and respected scientist he is in the novel.

    You may like Ray Harryhausen’s art, but taking a trip to an eye candy underwater city and fooling around with Nemo’s gun while they know of the impending doom by the volcano just isn’t right.

    Summing it up: you can’t expect to get a fair representation of the classical book from this movie.

  14. Xcalate_1776
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    5/10

    so so movie



    When there’s no more room in hell, The dead will walk the earth…

  15. burt_hamil
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    I can’t believe there’s not more posts on this great film. The music is one of Bernard Herrmann’s best scores on film. The special effects are amazing and are pure craftmanship. Remember, this is way before CGI! Harryhausen actually had some more incredible ideas for the film, which were vetoed out by the producers(which included man-eating plants and dinosaurs), a shame because it would have really put this movie on a much higher historic hierarchy, but the movie still delivers amazing visuals. The giant crab and bee are breathtaking. I would rather watch this than Spielberg’s "Jurassic Park" any day.

  16. larue-5
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    Sometime in the early 1960s I saw a black and white Verne film that used very dramatic black and white stripes on all the sets and props to emphasize the other worldliness of the story. I have not been able to identify that film. Does that ring a bell with anyone on this list?

  17. movie_mogul52
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    I have seen this movie dozens of times, and this is the second source that I have seen that said there are tv antenna’s on the roofs as the balloon is taking off. I can see lightning rods, but no tv ant. Lightning rods were first put into use in 1752 (a hundred years earlier), and Ben Franklin was one of the original inventors. see if you agree.

  18. animal-25
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    It states in the CAST CREDITS section that his scenes were deleted. Anyone know the reason why?

    Thanks, Bill

  19. funkychuck
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    It’s funny that I wasn’t the only one who watched this on TCM this weekend, as most of the posts here are one day old.

    Was anyone else struck by the obvious parallels to the TV show LOST? I mean, you have your obvious ‘mysterious island,’ but some of the strange clues, monsters, etc. made this seem like a prehistoric version of LOST to me. Of course, I had no familiarity with the original novel, so when Nemo came out of nowhere I was totally derailed. I had just made peace with the fact that these people lived in a world where "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" was historical fact (duh, this is the sequel).

    Anyway, cool flick. When the ship showed up on the horizon, I said "If those are pirates, this is the coolest movie ever."

    Sure enough, the next shot is the Jolly Roger flappin’ in the breeze.

  20. Pooua
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    I saw this movie one time, about 1972 or so. Actually, I only saw the last half of it. I always wanted to see the whole thing. Then, a few days ago, I found a copy of it at Walmart. I think I remember it pretty well, considering the passage of 30 years.

  21. Anonymous
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