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The Mysterious Island (1929)

The Mysterious Island





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Jules Verne's fantastic 19th century novel Mysterious Island provided the title and little else for this spectacular filmization. Lionel Barrymore plays an altruistic scientist who has built an underground city, hoping to use the modernistic devices he has installed to bring about world peace. But evil Slavic nobleman Montagu Love, whom Barrymore regards as a friend, has other plans. He kidnaps Barrymore's daughter and forces the kindly scientist to gear up his inventions to make war. With the help of hero Lloyd Hughes, and with the unexpected assistance of a race of duck-like underwater humanoids, Barrymore destroys his subterranean domain and foils the villain's plans--at the cost of his own life. Though essentially a silent film, Mysterious Island includes several well-integrated sound sequences; its highlight was a Technicolor submarine ride, which unfortunately exists only in black and white today. The 1961 version of Mysterious Island has absolutely nothing to do with the 1929 version beyond its claim (again) to be based on the Verne original.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Television, Romance, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Lucien Hubbard, Carl Pierson
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On DVD: Nov 11, 2008


Lionel Barrymore
as Count Dakkar
Jane Daly
as Sonia Dakkar
Lloyd Hughes
as Nicolai Roget
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Critic Reviews for The Mysterious Island

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | July 16, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Remains interesting only as a curio.

Full Review… | June 2, 2008
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it looks like i'm the 4th person on flixster to rate this so i think it needs a review. it's a mostly silent underseas adventure starring lionel barrymore as a scientist who wants to prove the existence of mermen. he builds some submarines which are promptly confiscated by the military for more nefarious purposes. there're some really well done scenes including octopus attacks; very cool effects for 1929. a kind of prequel to 20,000 leagues under the sea

Stella Dallas

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pretty good 4 its time now a curious relic as the studio switched 2 talkies its part talkie part silent & no noises like boots walking across the floor pretty kool spec efx.

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