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Valley of the Dragons (1961)

Approved | | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | November 1961 (USA)
In 1881, in Algeria, Michael Denning and Hector Servadac are fighting a duel when a comet brushing Earth takes the two men to the Moon where they discover a prehistoric civilization.

Director:

Edward Bernds

Writers:

Edward Bernds, Jules Verne (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cesare Danova ... Hector Servadac
Sean McClory ... Michael Denning
Joan Staley ... Deena
Danielle De Metz ... Nateeta
Gregg Martell Gregg Martell ... Od-Loo
Gil Perkins ... Tarn / Doctor
I. Stanford Jolley ... Patoo
Mike Lane ... Anoka
Roger Til Roger Til ... Vidal
Mark Dempsey Mark Dempsey ... Andrews
Jerry Sunshine Jerry Sunshine ... LeClerc
Dolly Grey Dolly Grey ... Mara
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Storyline

Algeria 1881. Two men, Michael Denning and Hector Servadac are having a duel with one another when a comet goes past the earth at low altitude. The strong wind this creates transports the two men to the moon. They find themselves in a jungle inhabited by reptiles and prehistoric humans. They have a difficult time before they manage to adapt to the dangers, but eventually they each find a girl to spend time with, awaiting the next return of the comet to take them back to Earth. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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They go a million years back in time ... and land a million miles out in space! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El valle de los dragones See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some US advertising materials promoted the movie as having been filmed in "Monstascope", suggesting some kind of wide-screen process, but this was entirely misleading. In fact, the film was photographed with spherical lenses and projected at 1.85:1 - wider than regular Academy aperture (1.37:1), but not quite CinemaScope. See more »

Goofs

During the comet's approach, the string it is suspended upon is visible. See more »

Quotes

Michael Denning: It's amazing how a Frenchman always finds a woman.
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Connections

Edited from One Million B.C. (1940) See more »

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Nope, no elastic in prehistoric times...
15 August 2003 | by SquashpantsSee all my reviews

I cannot believe you guys! All this claptrap and no mention of Joan Staley's infamous underwater swimming scene?!?

I saw this movie when it was first released and I was barely pubescent at that time. The audience was quietly taking in the Verneian antics of our shanghaied duo, until one of the main characters (I forget which) runs off for a swim with the Joan Staley character (Deena).

OK, so Deena takes off her prehistoric sunsuit and lo and behold she is wearing a Stone-Age bikini! OK, nothing to get excited about --- pretty chaste even for 1961. No elastic in prehistoric times, though, so the top fits rather loosely.

So the couple jump in the lagoon and start playfully swimming and diving underwater. The decent underwater cinematography lingers on each of the characters as they cavort about.

It quickly becomes evident that Deena's bikini top is not going to hold her fairly ample anatomy securely in hiding from the voyeurs in the audience.

I will never forget the eruption of hoots and whistles from the darkened theater as the camera continued to follow Ms. Staley from such a point of view as to make it all too evident that Deena would have no trouble feeding any of her progeny, especially considering the equipment on display.

Granted, this sort of thing hardly rates the consideration of a PG rating today, but in 1961, it was dynamite. I was at a point in my development where the fuss being made by the male members of the audience only served to make me embarrassed and uncomfortable. The scene seemed to go on forever.

I was elated to be able to get recently a VHS copy of the movie (recorded, believe it or not, from a TV presentation), and waited breathlessly for the scene burned into my mind as a young lad.

And there it was in all its glory. And every bit as provocative as it was in that little Galveston, Texas theater back in '61.

One of the best bits of vintage, unexpected cinematic cheesecake I have ever had the pleasure to encounter.


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