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Mysterious Island (1951)

Approved | | Action, Sci-Fi | 13 September 1951 (USA)
Union prisoners use a balloon to escape a Southern prison camp near the end of the Civil War and end up marooned on a mysterious volcanic island with very unusual inhabitants.

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Spencer Gordon Bennet (as Spencer Bennet)

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Lewis Clay (screenplay), Royal K. Cole (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Richard Crane ... Capt. Cyrus Harding
Marshall Reed ... Jack Pencroft
Karen Randle ... Rulu of Mercury
Ralph Hodges Ralph Hodges ... Herbert 'Bert' Brown
Gene Roth ... Pirate Capt. Shard
Hugh Prosser Hugh Prosser ... Gideon Spillett
Leonard Penn ... Capt. Nemo
Terry Frost ... Ayrton - The Wild Man
Rusty Wescoatt Rusty Wescoatt ... Moley - Shard Henchman
Bernie Hamilton ... Neb (as Bernard Hamilton)
William Fawcett ... Mr. Jackson
George Robotham George Robotham ... Mercurian
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The story begins in 1865, during the Civil War, when Captain Cyrus Harding, prisoner of the Confederates, escapes in an enemy balloon with war correspondent Gideon Spilett; Jack Pencroft, a sailor; Herbert "Bert" Brown, Pencroft's adopted son, and Neb, Harding's black servant. A sailor with an adopted son and a servant in jail with his master is rather mysterious in itself. Hey, move on, it's a Katzman serial from Columbia. The balloon drifts in space for days and finally lands on a desert island. Also landing, in a better aircraft, is Rulu, a visitor from Mercury who seeks a radio-active material that will enable her to manufacture an explosive that will destroy the world or, at least, the portion known as Earth. Since it is in the 1860's and she has a spacecraft that will make the journey from Mercury to Earth, and all of the earthlings are riding horses or walking, her problem with Earth is none too clear, other than possibly hacked about not winning the Miss America contest. ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Captain Harding's Fabulous Adventures! See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ilha Misteriosa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles: 1. Lost in Space 2. Sinister Savage 3. Savage Justice 4. Wild Man at Large 5. TRail of the Mystery Man 6. The Pirates Attack 7. Menace of the Mercurians 8. Between Two Fires 9. Shrine of the Silver Bird 10. Fighting Fury 11. Desperate Chance 12. Mystery of the Mine 13. Jungle Downfall 14. Man From Tomorrow 15. The Last of Mysterious Island See more »

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Decent serial especially for a 50's Columbia
3 July 2005 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

In the Civil War, POW Capt. Cyrus Harding escapes from his Confederate captors in an observation balloon, with sailor Pencroft, his nephew Bert, writer Gideon, and soldier Neb. A hurricane blows the balloon off course to an uncharted island in the pacific. Our heroes soon encounter the natives (who worship the island's volcano), Rulu (a woman from Mercury trying to extract an element in order to conquer the Earth), Ayrton (a wild man exiled on the island), and Capt. Shard (a mercenary pirate). A mystery man, who possesses great scientific powers, also makes his presence known to the group of people, but whose side is he on? For 15 chapters, our quintet of heroes must battle all the elements and peoples while trying to figure a way off the island and back to civilization. It's not a bad serial, but nothing great either. There is a lot of action (while it does seem corny and repetitive at times) and okay cliffhangers. My biggest complaint with the serial (keep in mind I never read the Verne novel) is that it does not seem that the story is taking place in the 1860's and the ray guns, UFO's, and (then) contemporary situations, seem to be taken for granted as existing. Rating, based on serials, 5.


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