in about 100 words or less
US 132m, Colour
Director: Henry Levin; Cast: James Mason, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl, Peter Ronson, Thayer David
A science fiction adventure fantasy, Journey to the Center of the Earth is a colorful adaptation of the 1864 Jules Verne novel of the same name. Travelling to the giant mushroom-filled center of the earth, Professor Sir Oliver Lindenbrook and company embark on a perilous investigation that follows the 300 year old footsteps of fellow explorer Arne Saknussemm. Though dated, this film has delightful production design and credible special effects, and notwithstanding the unnecessary crooning of Pat Boone, remains an entertaining voyage in escapist cinema (Klaus Ming February 2016).