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The first starring role for Jim Arness (later on Gunsmoke 1955-on) takes place way back in 1830 and, for the FX, relies only on stock footage (from One Million BC/1940) of big beasts very late in the film. This is like a Jules Verne adventure, but very low budget. The story concerns itself with pirates and a ship's captain (Arness) in the 1st two-thirds of the film and it's repetitive. Some of the characters end up on a lost island only in that final third and the so-called dinosaurs (enlarged lizards) appear only in the final minutes. It's a short film, just over an hour. BoG's Score: 3 out of 10
Time spent at sea is short, as our hero spends most of his scenes getting R& R in Australia. I guess producer Boris Petroff (The Unearthly) got a good deal on Aussie stock footage. At last, our survivors get marooned on a barren island where they watch the famous fighting lizards from One Million B.C. Then they get rescued. The end. You cannot believe how stupid and boring it is. The overwritten narration is occasionally good for a chuckle. Bill Warren suggests that the lizards were perhaps meant to be komodo dragons since their size is ambiguous in the back projection. Indeed, the narrator makes no fuss about them, so perhaps Warren is correct and there isn't any fantasy element to this cheap picture at all. Kasey Rogers/ Laura Elliot later appeared in the Peyton Place and Bewitched TV shows.
Goldweber, David Elroy (2012-06-14). Claws & Saucers: Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Film: A Complete Guide: 1902-1982 (Kindle Locations 72857-72864). David E. Goldweber. Kindle Edition.
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