Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the Center of the Earth

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  • Henry Levin


  • James Mason
  • Pat Boone
  • Arlene Dahl

An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the Earth's center.

Based on the 1864 Jules Verne novel, Journey to the Center of the Earth tells the story of absent-minded professor Oliver Lindenbrook (James Mason), whose first step on a fantastic journey is prompted by a lump of lava brought to him by his student Alec McEwen (Pat Boone). Melting down the curiously composed lump, Lindenbrook discovers a hastily scrawled message from long-lost explorer Arne Saknussemm, with directions for reaching the earth’s core. Accompanied by Carla (Arlene Dahl), widow of a famed geologist, and Icelandic guide Hans (Peter Ronson), Lindenbrook and Alec head down, down below. They are closely followed by the villainous Count Saknussemm (Thayer David), descendant of the lost explorer who wrote the directions; the count hopes to use Lindenbrook’s discoveries for his own personal and political gain.

Past Programs


Exploring the Unknown

Athena Cinema, Athens, OH