Unknown World (1951)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5

USA, 1951.  Lippert Pictures.  Screenplay by Millard Kaufman.  Cinematography by Henry Freulich, Allen G. Siegler.  Produced by , .  Music by . Production Design by Irving Block, Jack Rabin.  Film Editing by Terry O. Morse.

Humanity is suffering the effects of too many wars and dwindling natural resources, encouraging scientists to gather a few experts and have them drill to the earth’s core in search of a place that victims of nuclear disaster can live safely.  Turns out if you dig deep enough into the centre of the planet, you’ll find a place that has its own sky and ocean.  That’s the sort of thing you’re gonna find in this silly science-fiction film, featuring a bland cast of actors whose petty squabbles make up the bulk of the action while a few special effects sequences earn the box office ticket.  It hasn’t aged well and doesn’t look too great, but watch it if you’re curious to see a precursor to something like The Core.

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