The Mysterious Island

Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1929. Two vintage studio still photographs from the 1929 film. Mimeo snipe printed on the verso of each.

Loosely based on the 1874 novel by Jules Verne. Count Dakkar (Lionel Barrymore), the benevolent scientist-leader of a volcanic island, is attacked by the evil despot Baron Falon (Montagu Love), leading to a submarine chase in which they discover a race of water-bound humanoids.

Fraught with a difficult production, the film began shooting in 1926, but due to various problems it would take three more years before its 1929 release. Lauded as an impressive cinematic feat, the astronomical price tag, over $1 million in 1929, all but guaranteed the film would be a financial disaster at the box office, turning studios off science fiction for many years.

"The Mysterious Island" was at the forefront of multiple technological advances, a part-talkie film shot entirely in Technicolor. All color copies were believed lost, but in 2013 one existing color print was discovered in Prague and has since been restored through a collaboration between US film experts and the Czech National Film Archive.

8 x 10 inches. With even fading, else Near Fine.

[Book #148879]

Price: $625.00