20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (Theatrical Release USA 1954)


Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì 

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, for its age, has some surprisingly good sea and island photography and good sets built for the depiction of the submarine, both inside and out. The acting works at the good to fair level with James Mason playing the perfect villain and Kirk Douglas as the brash, younger man. It’s great to see Peter Lorre in this movie as well as Paul Lukas. This is a simple adventure film that is adventurous. It shows some remarkable creativity in its depiction of the submarine and the scuba suits. The story has a good conclusion. The film could easily be watched a second time. 

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia 


This action film is about: A professor and his assistant who go to sea to seek a monster. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Richard Fleischer for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Walt Disney for making the film possible. Cast includes: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, and Peter Lorre. 

Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. While the film is somewhat dated, it still offers good entertainment value. It is intriguing to see a fictional film that plays within technologies that we now take for granted when at the time were more novel ideas for general audiences.  The movie serves as a good, easy-on-the-mind, afternoon watch that can be shared by the whole family. 

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