The Mysterious Island (1929)

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On a volcanic island near the kingdom of Hetvia rules Count Dakkar, a benevolent leader and scientist who has eliminated class distinction among the island's inhabitants. Dakkar, his ... See full summary »


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  • Jacqueline Gadsdon in The Mysterious Island (1929)
  • Angelo Rossitto and Carl 'Major' Roup in The Mysterious Island (1929)
  • Jacqueline Gadsdon and Lloyd Hughes in The Mysterious Island (1929)
  • Angelo Rossitto and Carl 'Major' Roup in The Mysterious Island (1929)
  • Lionel Barrymore, Montagu Love, and Jacqueline Gadsdon in The Mysterious Island (1929)
  • Jacqueline Gadsdon and Lloyd Hughes in The Mysterious Island (1929)

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6 June 2010 | thinker1691
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| " Once man crawled out from the primordial sea, they began the descent downwards "
In the days before the advent of the Talking Picture, few stage performers were destined to succeed in making the transition. Among the more prominent of these thespians was Lionel Barrymore. Few actors ever emerged from Broadway, then to radio and finally up onto the silver screen. In one of the more collectible early films was this adventurous tale called " The Mysterious Island " in which he played the Jules Verne character Count Andre Dakkar, which took audiences to that the incredible Isle. In this early and mostly Silent, Black and White film, Barrymore plays a futurist scientist who builds a Undersea craft with which he plans to visit the incredible city of the Undersea people. Jacqueline Gadsden plays his daughter, Countess Sonia Dakkar (Jane Daly) and Nikolai Roget (Lloyd Hughes) her intended. However, the heavy, Baron Hubert Falcon (Montagu Love) has his own plans for her, but needs to capture the strange craft for world conquest. Despite the film being poorly cut and the primitive 'talkie' is plagued with many 'silent' segments, the story is easily carried by the cast. Further, if an audience is Patience and not overly critical, the viewing is enjoyable. Seeing this movie in the light of it being an early entry in the world of films, one can understand why it became a Classic in 1929. ****

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