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The Mysterious Island (1929)

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 »

Directors:

Lucien Hubbard, Benjamin Christensen (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Jules Verne (from the book by), Lucien Hubbard (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Count Andre Dakkar
Jacqueline Gadsdon ... Countess Sonia Dakkar (as Jane Daly)
Lloyd Hughes ... Nikolai Roget
Montagu Love ... Baron Falon
Harry Gribbon ... Mikhail
Snitz Edwards ... Anton
Gibson Gowland ... Dmitry
Dolores Brinkman Dolores Brinkman ... Teresa
Karl Dane ... Crewman (scenes deleted)
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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 daughter Sonia and her fiance, engineer Nicolai Roget have designed a submarine which Roget pilots on its initial voyage just before the island is overrun by Baron Falon, despotic ruler of Hetvia. Falon sets out after Roget in a second submarine and the two craft, diving to the ocean's floor, discover a strange land populated by dragons, giant squid and an eerie undiscovered humanoid race. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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The Most Daring Departure From Film Convention Yet to Reach the Screen (Print Ad-The Sunday Call,((Newark, NJ)) 8 September 1929) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La isla misteriosa See more »

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Budget:

$1,130,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System) (musical score and sound effects) (talking sequences)| Silent (original version)

Color:

Color (2-color Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

A costume test of Karl Dane, shot in Technicolor, has been preserved by the BFI National Archives. See more »

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During the initial test run of the ship, one brief scene shows it upside down. See more »

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer also released this as a totally silent movie. See more »

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Dated but a Tad Amusing
29 February 2004 | by gbheronSee all my reviews

Loosely based on a Jules Verne novel, The Mysterious Island is set in a mythical kingdom by the sea where one of its leading royalty (Lionel Barrymore) doubles as cutting-edge scientist who invents the submarine and diving suit. In the course of exploring he and his buds discover a civilization of sea creatures that look like walking frogs and have the sensibilities of a pack of hyenas. There are also above-surface issues of betrayal, palace coups, wars, and young love.

Made on the cusp between silent and sound films, The Mysterious Island is caught somewhere in between; it is part talkie and part silent. Oddly there doesn't seem to be a dramatic or thematic rationale for deciding which scenes have sound and which don't. And why didn't the producers choose one format over the other for the entire movie? But they didn't, and this alone makes the film a novelty. Another reason to watch The Mysterious Island is the 1929-era special effects. They're a hoot. But even when these factors are taken in to account there is not much reason to invest the time in this movie.


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