The Land Unknown

The Land Unknown

Director: Virgil Vogel Cast: Jock Mahoney, Shawn Smith, William Reynolds


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/2014
UPC: 0025192180910
Original Release: 1957
Source: Universal Mod
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:19:00
Sales rank: 21,634

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 J. Salter Score Composer
Herman Stein Score Composer
Bud Westmore Makeup

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