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Unknown World (1951)

Bruce Kellogg , Otto Waldis , Terry O. Morse  |  NR |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bruce Kellogg, Otto Waldis, Jim Bannon, Tom Handley, Dick Cogan
  • Directors: Terry O. Morse
  • Writers: Millard Kaufman
  • Producers: Irving Block, Jack Rabin, Robert L. Lippert
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 2002
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007G1TJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,008 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Unknown World" on IMDb

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Scientists journey to the center of the earth in this Jules Verne inspired tale of survival.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kinda deep down there, isn't it? January 21, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This 1951 offering from Lippert Pictures takes us 2500 miles underneath the surface with a group of somewhat annoying scientists. Dr. Morley (dubbed the Prophet of Doom by at least one newspaper reporter) is an obsessive opponent of all things nuclear. Fearing that atomic weapons will destroy all life on earth, he recruits a group of scientists for his Society to Save Civilization, and they make plans to find a living space deep within the earth where man can survive and rebuild from the nuclear holocaust they see just over the horizon. After the group fails to secure any funding, a rich newspaper publisher's son forks over the cash and accompanies them on their monumental journey. It's your typical group of B-movie scientists: there is Morley, who seems lost and mad at the world all the time, a couple of scientists who basically push buttons and read dials, a young and attractive feminist scientist, an explosives man, and the paperboy. Of course, the group is constantly bickering and fighting, and no one likes the paperboy at all-at first. This had to change somewhat because, as you would expect, he has to put the moves on the lady scientist and she has to pretend to resist. How do our intrepid explorers go about their task? They design a cyclotram, basically a great big ugly metal boxcar with a humongous drill for a nose, ascend to the top of an extinct volcano, go down into the crater and start drilling through rock as they make their way downward. Every so often, they stop for a minute to fight or to provide an opportunity for one of them to die. They are rather bumbling amateurs when it comes to the deep exploring gig; you would have thought one of the scientists would have remembered to pack a lot of water. Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Happy Childhood Memory! April 1, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
This movie used to be a perennial on local television in L.A. in the early 1950s, and has always been a particular favorite of mine, then and NOW--REGARDLESS of the fact that it may not be one of the "greats" in the world of film. In fact, as a child, I was so enamored of the film's concept (digging your way into the center of the Earth), that I used to use my family's home laundry room as the "Cyclotram's" cockpit as I imaginarily tunneled my own way into the Earth! Reviewers who smugly dismiss this film as just a piece of junk should be themselves dismissed; ALL films are not "Citizen Kane", gang! INTERESTING FOOTNOTE: Victor Kilian, who plays the more-or-less leading character in the film (Dr. Jeremiah Morley) is NOWHERE listed in the cast credits, as he had been "blacklisted" as a suspected Communist in the infamous Hollywood witch hunts just prior to the film's release. In later years, he came back for a time as a regular on the "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" satirical television series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Judge A Man By The Size Of His Drill... August 2, 2005
The world may be doomed, due to all those nasty atomic bombs. It's a good thing Dr. Morley has a plan! We'll send him and his team (in the cyclotram drilling machine) to the earth's core to find out if mankind can take refuge there after the impending nuclear holocaust. Well, the government laughs at Morley's idea and refuses to fund it. All seems lost until a young millionaire comes to the rescue. Soon, our heroic scientists and technicians are drilling through solid rock in their search for a subterranean paradise. It's a rough journey, as they encounter poison gas, cave-ins, floods, and many deaths along the way. UW isn't great, but it is good enough for any sci-fi collection. I enjoyed it, even though there were no monsters or prehistoric-type humanoids involved. There are some stretches of boredom, but at just over an hour in length, it still manages to move rather quickly. Watch it with VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, FANTASTIC VOYAGE, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, and FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS for an adventure-filled mega-marathon...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN YOU'D EXPECT September 1, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Years before James Mason and Pat Boone undertook a "Journey to the Center of the Earth," a team of resourceful explorers made the same sort of trip inside a metallic contraption rather resmbling a house-trailer equipped with a big drill on the front. Their goal is to find underground caverns large enough to shelter the human race should nuclear war render the surface of the planet uninhabitable.
Not surprisingly, the low-budget special effects are amusing rather than impressive, and the no-name cast can't enliven the uninspired lines they'd asked to deliver.
Despite these expected failings, "Unknown World" earns a recommendation as one of the early 1950's least-known and most-underrated sci-fi efforts. It has an imaginative plot which, after awhile, almost seems plausible, and it avoids the B-movie cliches you might expect in this sort of thing. (No subterranean dinosaurs, no tribe of lost cavewomen, no signs of Atlantis.) It also has the sense to stick to business and not detour into romantic subplots or "comic relief" episodes.
If you can see beyond its dated, low-budget look, you'll find this "World" one that's worth exploring.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Baby Bunnies Are Dead Because They Were Sterile! February 26, 2006
This movie is similar to the classic "Journey to the Center of the Earth" filmed in 1959, eight years after this film. However, while that movie is enjoyable because it combines the acceptable naivety of Jules Verne's era with straightforward story-telling, this movie ignores everything known in the 1950s about the interior of our planet. Furthermore, this movie completely ignores any serious preparation for exploring the depths. You can throw on top of this the absurdity of a machine with a drill diameter significantly less than the diameter of the vehicle that follows it.

Dr. Jeremiah Morley (Victor Kilian, a veteran of more than 100 movie and television appearances, including shows such as "All in the Family" and "The Brady Bunch)) has decided that nuclear war will eventually doom mankind. His solution is to find man a home inside the planet, safe from nuclear war. Dr. Morley begins his project hopefully, but eventually all support is pulled. Fortunately (or perhaps unfortunately), the millionaire son of a newspaperman decides to fund his expedition, with the only proviso that he be permitted to go along.

Dr. Morley builds his vehicle, looking much like a spaceship with tail fins (seriously, the vehicle had fins, much like some cars of the 1950s). The sad thing is that the vehicle's drill was only about half the diameter of the vehicle itself. Also, the vehicle had a window in front with no shielding. On the plus side, the vehicle did have a self-contained air supply, water and concentrated food. On the negative side, the vehicle appeared to have no accommodation for sleeping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Decent Sci-Fi movie, poor print quality
I am one of the many (extreme 50's sci-fi fan!) who look past the shortcomings of movie's like this (typical faults found in many low-budget "B" 50's sci-fi) and enjoyed the story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Howard Hawks
This 1951 sci-fi is another "Journey to the Center of the Earth" type of film complete with the inner sea cavern and natural phosphorescent lighting. Read more
Published 13 months ago by The Movie Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Unknown World DVD
An interesting movie that reflects the time it was made in the 1950s when the world was concerned about nuclear war. If you like old sci fi movies you will enjoy this. Read more
Published on May 27, 2010 by Lyle Cumberland
4.0 out of 5 stars DoH!
I made a mistake.... bought this and then remembered that I already had a copy of this film - it was one of the movies in the "100 Movie Pack Sci-Fi Classics" mega pack. Read more
Published on February 23, 2008 by K. Rowley
2.0 out of 5 stars Ride The Melodramatic Mechanical Burrowing Platypus!
"Unknown World" is a 1951 cheapie starring nobody. The subject matter is pretty common by science fiction standards and predates "At The Earth's Core" by about twenty years. Read more
Published on May 11, 2006 by Robert I. Hedges
3.0 out of 5 stars I feel like I am going to live forever
It is 1951 both of the great world wars are over however he knows it is just a short matter of time before someone will start another. Read more
Published on March 6, 2006 by bernie
3.0 out of 5 stars good movie bad dvd quality
I always enjoyed watching this film during the early 1950's.

I had an old ingolsorand power drill that looked like the cyclotram. Why is the quality so bad. Read more
Published on January 15, 2006 by Susan Cazanave
3.0 out of 5 stars Much more enjoyable than The Core...
Sometimes the reviews I read here amaze me. I'm not sure how people rate movies but I rate them based on other movies in the same genre. Read more
Published on April 5, 2005 by Tuco
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad, Boring, and not even Camp
This movie is boring--so boring that I kept checking the box to see how long it was--too long. The acting is amateurish, the script probably writeen in a few hours, and the... Read more
Published on April 12, 2004
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