The Land Unknown

Overview

Generous portions of The Secret Land, the 1948 documentary on the Byrd Antarctic Expedition, were worked into the action of The Land Unknown. Jock Mahoney and William Reynolds play Hal and Jack, leaders of an expedition to the South Pole. Along for the ride is girl reporter Maggie Shawn Smith, over whose affections Hal and Jack constantly battle. Making a forced landing in the Antarctic, our intrepid explorers find that they've descended well below sea level. Before long, they are attacked by prehistoric beasts ...
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Overview

Generous portions of The Secret Land, the 1948 documentary on the Byrd Antarctic Expedition, were worked into the action of The Land Unknown. Jock Mahoney and William Reynolds play Hal and Jack, leaders of an expedition to the South Pole. Along for the ride is girl reporter Maggie Shawn Smith, over whose affections Hal and Jack constantly battle. Making a forced landing in the Antarctic, our intrepid explorers find that they've descended well below sea level. Before long, they are attacked by prehistoric beasts which have been preserved in this heretofore uncharted region. When not fending off Tyrannosauri and Pterodactyls, Hal, Jack, Maggie and copter pilot Steve Phil Harvey try to steer clear of an unwieldly carnivorous plant. Further complicating things is the presence of a long-lost, slightly demented scientist Henry Brandon who craves companionship...specifically the female companionship of Maggie. Its reasonably convincing special effects notwithstanding, The Land Unknown is much ado about nothing.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Make no mistake about it, The Land Unknown is one bad film. But those who are fans of 1950's sci-fi, especially the subgenre known as "lost world" films, will still get a kick out of it, as will all aficionados of bad movies. Not every single thing in Land is bad; some of the optical effects are actually pretty good for the period, and the use of actual footage from an early South Pole documentary is also interesting. Unfortunately, the dinosaurs, which are the reason one watches a film like this, are exceptionally poor. Many are lizards with plates or other objects attached to them, and they look no more like dinosaurs than any other lizard with objects attached to it. But those are still better than the tyrannosaurus, which is nothing more than a man wearing a not-too-convincing tyrannosaurus suit. Throw in a lame script, simply horrible dialogue, haphazard plotting and performances that are strictly from hunger, and the result is a dreadful mess that can't help but inspire laughter. It's definitely fun for a while, but the fun wears out a bit too quickly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2014
  • UPC: 025192180910
  • Original Release: 1957
  • Source: Universal Mod
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:19:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,696

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jock Mahoney Cmdr. Harold Roberts
Shawn Smith Margareth Hathaway
William Reynolds Lt. Jack Carmen
Henry Brandon Dr. Carl Hunter
Douglas Kennedy Capt. Burnham
Phil Harvey Steve Miller
Technical Credits
Virgil Vogel Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
William Alland Producer
Leslie I. Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Ellis W. Carter Cinematographer
Joseph E. Gershenson Score Composer
Laszlo Gorog Screenwriter
Corson Jowett Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph E. Kenny Asst. Director
Jack Kevan Special Effects
Fred Knoth Special Effects
Fred MacDowell Editor
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Charles Palmer Original Story
Richard H. Riedel Art Director
William N. Robson Screenwriter
Hans Salter Score Composer
Herman Stein Score Composer
Bud Westmore Makeup
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