W: Earl Felton [based on the novel by Jules Verne]
DP: Franz Planer
Ed: Elmo Williams
Mus: Paul Smith
PD: Harper Goff & John Meehan
James Mason (Captain Nemo), Kirk Douglas (Ned Land), Paul Lukas (Prof. Pierre Aronnax), Peter Lorre (Conseil), Ted de Corsia (Capt. Farragut)
Bringing Jules Verne’s classic adventure to the screen was an ambitious project to undertake in 1954, even for a major studio like Disney, but it was groundbreaking for its
visual aspects, even though the adaptation itself was a little heavy-handed.
James Mason was perfect casting for the role of Captain Nemo, but I was less convinced by Kirk Douglas’ performance as Ned Land, especially when his character breaks into song
and dance for the incredibly silly addition of the “Whale Of A Tale” number.
Worth watching for the production design and visual effects, which made this film an early influencer for the cyberpunk sub-genre, and even though certain aspects are dated, this
was really ahead of the game for 1954, especially for the giant squid sequence, which still holds up quite well over half-a-century later.