The accent is on fun and fantasy in this film version of Jules Verne’s classic thriller that stars James Mason, Pat Boone, and Arlene Dahl. With spectacular visuals as a backdrop, the story centers on an expedition led by Professor Lindenbrook (Mason) down into the earth’s dark, threat-laden core. Members of the group include the professor’s star student, Alec (Boone), and the widow (Dahl) of a colleague. Along the way lurk dangers such as kidnapping, death, sabotage by a rival explorer, and attacks by giant prehistoric reptiles. But they also encounter such magnificent wonders as a glistening cavern of quartz crystals, luminescent algae, a forest of giant mushrooms, and the lost city of Atlantis.
Remaining faithful to Verne’s story, this is a sweeping adventure that offers enough thrills and entertainment to satisfy every explorer in the family.
About Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
Starring: Red West, Alan Caillou, Ben Wright, Diane Baker, Thayer David, Peter Wight, Peter Ronson, Molly Glessing, Robert Adler, Alan Napier, Mary Brady, Gertrude the Duck, John Epper, Edith Evanson, Alex Finlayson, Frederick Halliday, Kendrick Huxham, Owen McGiveney, Pat Boone, Molly Roden, James Mason, Bert Stevens, Arlene Dahl, Ivan Triesault
Director: Henry Levin
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