The Mysterious Island (1929)

95 mins | Adventure, Science fiction | 5 October 1929

Director:

Lucien Hubbard

Writer:

Lucien Hubbard

Cinematographer:

Percy Hilburn

Editor:

Carl Pierson

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Although the print viewed as black-and-white, the NYT review noted that most of the film was "photographed in [2-strip] Technicolor." The Var review described the film as ninety percent color. The 1905 French film, L'île mystérieuse (The Mysterious Island), produced and directed by Georges Méliès, also was inspired by the Jules Verne novel (See Entry).
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Although the print viewed as black-and-white, the NYT review noted that most of the film was "photographed in [2-strip] Technicolor." The Var review described the film as ninety percent color. The 1905 French film, L'île mystérieuse (The Mysterious Island), produced and directed by Georges Méliès, also was inspired by the Jules Verne novel (See Entry).

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
22 Dec 1929
p. 11
Film Spectator
15 Mar 1930
p. 21
New York Times
21 Dec 1929
p. 17
Time
6 Jan 1930
p. 38
Variety
25 Dec 1929
p. 30
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Addl dir
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Carl L. Pierson
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus score
SOUND
Rec eng
VISUAL EFFECTS
Tech eff
Tech eff
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel L'île mystérieuse by Jules Verne (Paris, 1874).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 October 1929
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
28 October 1929
LP799
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Western Electric System; Talking seq, mus score, and sd eff by Movietone
Color
Technicolor with b&w seq
Duration(in mins):
95
Length(in feet):
8,569
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In the Kingdom of Hetvia, in 1850, Count Andre Dakkar devotes his life and fortune to probing the mysteries of the ocean depths by constructing two submarines on his island off the mainland. Falon, a nobleman, is anxious to overthrow the throne by revolution and seeks the inventor's aid; failing, he captures Dakkar and his crew while his assistant, Nikolai, is testing one of the sea craft; but Dakkar's men rescue him from torture. Falon's men damage the submarine, which descends to the ocean floor, where Dakkar's party observe an underground city populated by strange creatures whose gratitude they win by slaying a dragon with torpedoes. Sonia, Dakkar's sister, wrecks the other submarine in a battle with Falon's men, and Falon's blood incites the underwater creatures to divert an octopus that mortally wounds Dakkar. After the island is recaptured, Dakkar willingly chooses burial in his ...

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In the Kingdom of Hetvia, in 1850, Count Andre Dakkar devotes his life and fortune to probing the mysteries of the ocean depths by constructing two submarines on his island off the mainland. Falon, a nobleman, is anxious to overthrow the throne by revolution and seeks the inventor's aid; failing, he captures Dakkar and his crew while his assistant, Nikolai, is testing one of the sea craft; but Dakkar's men rescue him from torture. Falon's men damage the submarine, which descends to the ocean floor, where Dakkar's party observe an underground city populated by strange creatures whose gratitude they win by slaying a dragon with torpedoes. Sonia, Dakkar's sister, wrecks the other submarine in a battle with Falon's men, and Falon's blood incites the underwater creatures to divert an octopus that mortally wounds Dakkar. After the island is recaptured, Dakkar willingly chooses burial in his submarine.

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