Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

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An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.


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  • Pat Boone and Peter Ronson in Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

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13 March 2006 | johno-21
8
| Fun family fifties fantasy flick
I first saw this on TV as a kid in the early 60's and it became a TV staple being shown on network prime time before it went to the Saturday afternoon or late night route. Even as a kid I found this highly implausible and accepted it as escapist fantasy. It's a fun movie and is truly a classic. Director Henry Levin's most ambitious assignment as a director to go up against popular Disney fantasy films of the time, capture the imagination of Jules Verne and make it palatable enough for an adult audience. The unlikely cast of dramatic veteran James Mason, singer Pat Boone, beautiful Diane Baker, sexy Arlene Dahl and Iceland born jock Peter Ronson come together surprisingly well. Veteran screenwriter Charles Brackett who wrote for the screen such classics as Sunset Boulevard, Ninotchka, The Lost Weekend, Niagra and The Bishops Wife adapts the Jules Verne novel. Nominated for three Academy Awards for Art Direction, Special Effects and Sound. This movie is probably more fun to people like me who grew up with it from the time when it was made but it's still a good movie and I've seen it many times as an adult. It would be nice to see in it's Technicolor big screen splendor. I would give it an 8.0 out of 10.

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Trivia

The dimetrodons in the movie were played by rhinoceros iguanas. They grow to about 3-6 feet (1-2 meters) and are kept as pets in many places. In real life, dimetrodons were Synapsid reptiles. They lived in western North America and grew to about 12 feet (4 meters) in size.


Quotes

Carla Goetabaug: There's no need to lose that patient voice with me, Professor.
Sir Oliver Lindenbrook: Would you rather I use an impatient voice?
Carla Goetabaug: Professor Linderbrook, I am a member of this expedition, and as such I intend to report any observation I make.
Sir Oliver Lindenbrook: Alec, put it down in the record ...


Goofs

(at around 1h 45 mins) Near the end of the film, when Hans is calling for his duck, Gertrude, his mouth movements don't match his words.


Alternate Versions

There's a 35 mm copy on the "Filmoteca Española" in Madrid, Spain with some differences:

  • The song "My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose" is cut. Even the dialogues before the song stars: "You know how I've felt since that day you entered the classroom and brought your uncle the galoshes he forgot. You looked like spring itself." The funny thing is that they kept a few shots o Pat Boone singing, but you can only hear the piano, there's no sound coming of his mouth.
  • There's an alternate ending. Alec and the rest of the students sings the "Gaudeamus Igitur" song and there's and additional shot. The camera starts from Lindenbrook and Carla Göteborg and it opens to Alec and the rest of the students singing.
  • All the end credits are in orange color, not white.


Soundtracks

My Heart's in the Highlands
(uncredited)
Written by
Robert Burns
Sung by Pat Boone

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Genres

Adventure | Family | Fantasy | Romance | Sci-Fi

Box Office

Budget:

$3,440,000 (estimated)

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