THE AMAZING CAPTAIN NEMO
THE RETURN OF CAPTAIN NEMO
Compared to Lost in Space et al, it seems that not much has changed for Irwin Allen since the 1960s, bar the advent of Star Wars (1977) The Amazing Captain Nemo is almost Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea updated as Star Wars underwater. There are priceless gems of bad dialogue Lets hide behind that kelp, or I am tired of the black shadow you are spreading over the free world. The familiar Irwin Allen-esque flagrant disregard for science and logic abounds (even with the usually dependable name of Psycho (1960) author Robert Bloch among the seven people on the script) magnets that suck up radiation; subs with afterburners; rayguns with underwater sound effects; underwater conversations; a deep-sea trench that one minute is crushing the sub under pressure but where the next minute the crew can go outside to affect repairs. To talk about the ever-so-faint ludicrousness of a 19th Century scientist coming up with advanced computers, cryogenics, rayguns and submarine-cloning devices yes, the cloning of submarines would only be adding fuel to a raging fire.
Despite this, The Amazing Captain Nemo is entertaining in Irwin Allens cheap and schlocky way. The heroes are dumbly forgettable, but the action moves okay and Burgess Meredith, often the saving grace of a large number of inane films, plays admirably.
Irwin Allens other works of genre interest are: as producer/director/writer of The Story of Mankind (1957) wherein various historical figures up in Heaven debate about whether to destroy humanity, which becomes an opportunity for Allen to rehash stock footage from various historical spectacles; as producer/director/writer of the remake of The Lost World (1960); as director/producer/writer of the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea film (1961); as producer of the tv series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-8), Lost in Space (1965-8), The Time Tunnel (1967) and Land of the Giants (1968-70); as director/producer of City Beneath the Sea/One Hour to Doomsday (1971), a failed tv pilot, which Allen then released cinematically; as producer of The Time Travelers (1976), another unsold tv pilot, written by Rod Serling; as producer/director of the notoriously bad big-budget disaster film The Swarm (1978) about killer bees; and as producer of an all-star tv mini-series adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (1985).
Full film available online in several parts beginning here:-