Original Australian Daybill Poster Captain Nemo And The Underwater City
Captain Nemo and the Underwater City is a 1969 British film starring Robert Ryan, Chuck Connors and Nanette Newman. It features the character Captain Nemo and is inspired by Jules Verne's novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. It was written by Pip and Jane Baker. The film was produced on a budget of 1.5 million US dollars. It had stemmed from an idea that led to Roger Corman’s failed Captain Nemo and the Floating City, itself based on a combination of two of Jules Verne’s stories. Though that movie never passed the planning stage, MGM producer Steven Pallos managed to re-create the project having read a series of inspirational articles about Jacques Cousteau’s experiments with deep sea habitats, and the 'floating' was changed to 'underwater'. The film drew heavily on the supposed charm of the Victorian era, following an agreement between director and scriptwriters to produce a popular escapist atmosphere, more the essence of Michael Todd’s Around the World in Eighty Days than of Disney‘s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.