- The Mysterious Island (1929 film)
name = The Mysterious Island
Benjamin Christensen Lucien Hubbard Maurice Tourneur
J. Ernest Williamson
Jules Verne(novel) Lucien Hubbard Carl Pierson
Lionel Barrymore Jacqueline Gadsden Lloyd Hughes Montagu Love Harry Gribbon
Martin Broones Art LangeSpecial Effects: James Basevi Irving G. Ries J. Ernest Williamson
Metro Goldwyn Mayer
runtime = 95 min.
country = USA
language = English
amg_id = 1:103465
imdb_id = 0020198
"The Mysterious Island", directed by
Lucien Hubbard, is the 1929 film adaptation of Jules Verne's French novel "L'Île mystérieuse" ("The Mysterious Island"), published in 1874. It is an all-color, in Technicolor, part- talkiefeature film with talking sequences, sound effect and synchronized music.
According to an article in the original "Famous Monsters of Filmland" magazine, production was actually started in 1926. There were various problems, including weather and the advent of talkies, which slowed/halted production several times before the film was finally completed and released three years later. The article included stills showing the original 1926 undersea denizens and the redesigned version which actually appeared in the film. Footage shot by
Maurice Tourneurand Benjamin Christensenin 1927 was incorporated into the final 1929 version.
The film is loosely based on the back-story given for
Captain Nemoin the novel " The Mysterious Island", and might more properly be thought of as a prequel to " 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". It is the story of Count Dakkar ( Captain Nemo's real name is revealed to be Prince Dakkar in "The Mysterious Island"), how he built his submarine, how he was betrayed, and how he became an outcast seeking revenge.
No complete color prints survive. Only one reel exists tinted and with Technicolor sequences, which is part of the
UCLA Film and Television Archive. The complete film exists in a black-and-white copy apparently made in the 1950s for televisionshowings.
Lionel Barrymoreas Count Dakkar
Jacqueline Gadsdenas Sonia Dakkar (credited as Jane Daly)
Lloyd Hughesas Nikolai Roget
Montagu Loveas Falon
Harry Gribbonas Mikhail
Snitz Edwardsas Anton
Gibson Gowlandas Dmitry
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