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Mysterious Island (1951)

2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marshall Reed, Karen Randle, Ralph Hodges, Gene Roth Richard Crane
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: CHEEZY
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 252 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008I5OI02
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,776 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It is 1865 and Union prisoners use a military balloon to escape a Southern prison camp near the end of the Civil War. The balloon drifts for days and finally lands on a mysterious volcanic island with very unusual inhabitants. Also landing, in a better aircraft, is Rulu, a visitor from Mercury. She 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 in this 15 Chapter Serial from the 1950s.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A serial from the 50's-60's! February 26, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
If you enjoy the old serials from the 40's, you'll like this one. I had no idea that the studios were making serials in what appears to be the early 60's, but apparently they were! The acting is typical of the genre, as are the props (spray-painted silver plywood ray guns), costumes and sets, but this was a lot of fun to watch. The story is very loosely based on Jules Verne's "Mysterious Island", but it has some unique additions (aliens with ray guns and very embarrassed-looking volcano people)! I loved watching the alien lady running around on the island in her high heels! It has thrills and spills galore, and the cliffhangers make you want to see the next episode. So, if you're looking for great special effects and spectacular sets, this isn't for you. But if you enjoy watching what kids in the 50's and 60's watched at the Saturday matinees along with the feature film, this is for you! I loved it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another $20 submission March 15, 2013
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We all grew up watching cowboy movies in black and white in which the cowboys galloped back and forth on their horses, with no viable screenplay or story line. Apparently this studio couldn't afford horses, so the 'actors' run back and forth on foot...and that's about it! Orchestration must have been cheap because it utilizes BIG MUSIC...a technique utilized by directors when there's nothing actually happening on the screen. This would be good background if you were stuck inside on a rainy day doing your taxes!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hokey but Entertaining June 6, 2014
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This is a typical movie serial--a fast moving story with characters and situations cobbled together. Great fun but don't expect quality writing or acting. Cinematography surprisingly good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Devil Girl from Mars on Gilligan's Island? June 23, 2013
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Well, almost, but the female character is from Mercury, and the island is somewhere in Simi Valley. A 1951 Columbia serial, "Mysterious Island" is in 15 chapters, directed by Spencer Bennet and starring Richard Crane, best known as television's "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger." While the titles claim it is based on Jules Verne's "L'Île mystérieuse," the story was "enhanced" for the screenplay by Lewis Clay, Royal K. Cole and George H. Plympton.

Captain Cyrus Harding (Richard Crane), of the Union Army Engineers gets captured, in the closing months of the U.S. Civil War, owing to the Confederates' use of an observation balloon. He manages to take over the balloon, with the help of his servant, Neb (Bernard Hamilton) and three fellow prisoners: sailor Jack Pencroft (Marshall Reed), Pencroft's adopted son Herbert 'Bert' Brown (Ralph Hodges) and journalist Gideon Spillett (Hugh Prosser). They get caught in a storm and are blown thousands of miles to the southwest, ending up on a strange uncharted volcanic island.

The castaways encounter pirates, led by Captain Shard (Gene Roth) and they also have problems with "Wild Man" Ayrton (Terry Frost), who appears to be insane. They are aided by a mystery man, who keeps his identity a secret, but Columbia's writers added "strange volcano people" who are initially hostile, possibly owing to their cheap costumes, and space aliens from the planet Mercury, led by Rulu (Karen Randle) searching for an element powerful enough to destroy the Earth. The island appears to have well-maintained trails, and "meadows" that look like picnic grounds, though at least there is some outdoor photography. The special effects are not good, nor is most of the dialogue, and there is little intentional humor.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Bad movie night" favorite! January 31, 2014
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A friend and I at least once a month get together for what we refer to as "Bad movie night". It's really just an excuse to drink beer and poke fun at some of the worst movies imaginable. But mostly, its just an excuse to drink beer.
My biggest question? Why was this movie even made? We couldn't even finish it hammered. It's that bad. About 13 minutes in we started doing shots to try to dull the pain of watching this horror. After about 3 shots and three or four beers it started getting interesting and that's when it happened!

For the first time EVER, we stopped bad movie night in its tracks and bought a Pay Per View movie on cable to appease our drunkenness. Never have I been so ashamed! lol
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars P.U.!!! May 10, 2013
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Bearing almost no resemblance to the original Verne story, this stinker is but a seedy carbon copy of every other 40's and 50's serial drama ever made, featuring gawky unknowns in contemporary clothing running back and forth in the foothills of Northridge, Ca. (quite near where I grew up) and staging endless campy fist fights and struggling with the so-called dialog. You're far better off with the 1962 movie version and the modern remake--both available through Amazon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 6, 2014
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A ton O' fun and an OK transfer.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very vintage June 2, 2014
By Jeff
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When watching these older movies... you realize we live in a totally different era and life style. Man.... life was so much simpler back then..... I think we are missing something.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Jules Verne Story
Interesting what they did with the story before Hollywood special effects were in use.
Published 1 month ago by Daniel J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Serial !
This is mainly to the reviewers who gave such a low rating. Did you expect great production values, a stellar cast with an award winning script and CGI special effects? Read more
Published 1 month ago by raddi
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad it is good!
This movie is a guilty pleasure for those who love REALLY bad movies. It is owned by a group called Cheezy movies, when you see something like that you are in for something... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jane Clare
1.0 out of 5 stars would not play the whole movie
would not play the whole movie, sound went out in part 2 then ends. so thats why the movie got 1 star
Published 8 months ago by edwin r johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious island
The series was old and it was nothing like the movies. I guess my expectations were to high about it and I didn't realize it was a series from the 40s or 50s.
Published 11 months ago by Albeeal
3.0 out of 5 stars Jules Verne's Version - Not Exactly!
The only similarity to the Jules Verne book is the name of the main characters (except Herbert turned into Bert), the Civil War balloon escape, and the volcano. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Robert J. Rineer
4.0 out of 5 stars Haven't seen this one before
Enjoyed it as well. Definitely a different take on the same concept. I liked the short installments and imagined it playing in a theater.
Published 15 months ago by lmt2094
4.0 out of 5 stars Great old serial
Everyone should watch all the old serials. Most people have never heard of them. This one is a real winner. For once its not martians but mercurians. Love it!
Published 15 months ago by Catherine M. Willman
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