The Mysterious Island

The Mysterious Island (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). The strangely prescient fantasies of Jules Verne are essentially scenarios, and good ones. Monstrous engines, undiscoverable worlds, half-human and superhuman people which no words, even when manipulated with Verne's genius for combining the staccato and the nebulous, could quite make real, become more interesting when you see them concretely produced for the camera. This is one of Verne's submarine pieces. Director Lucien Hubbard has caught the right atmosphere and Lionel Barrymore seems to enjoy his role as the submarine builder and conqueror of the fish-men of the ocean...

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