The 1957 Universal creature-fantasy production was directed by veteran studio editor-turned-director Virgil Vogel. Vogel’s other Universal feature productions include “The Mole People” (1956, with John Agar, Cynthia Patrick, Hugh Beaumont, Alan Napier, Nestor Paiva and Dr. Frank C. Baxter) and the finale feature in the studio’s “Ma and Pa Kettle” comedy series sans Percy Kilbride, “The Kettles on Old MacDonald’s Farm” (1957, with Marjorie Main, Parker Fennelly, Gloria Talbott and young Claude Akins). The screenplay for Vogel’s production of “The Land Unknown” was written by veteran screenwriters László Görög, based on an adaptation of Charles Palmer’s story idea by William N. Robson. Vogel’s “The Land Unknown” (1957) was produced by veteran Universal producer William Alland.
Virgil Vogel’s Universal classic creature-adventure-fantasy masterpiece production of “The Land Unknown” (1957) was filmed in the CinemaScope widescreen process format (2.35:1 theatrical aspect ratio). CinemaScope was developed by Henri Chrétien for rival studio Twentieth Century Fox (Twentieth Century Studios), Encyclopædia Britannica. Universal began using the CinemaScope process for productions by arrangement with Twentieth Century Fox (Twentieth Century Studios) in 1954, according to a Dec. 1953 press release.
This will mark Svengoolie’s fifth big broadcast of Vogel’s classic Universal fantasy creature-adventure masterpiece on Me-TV. He previously showcased Vogel’s “The Land Unknown” (1957) back in in May 2014, May 2015, Nov. 2016 and July 2017.
Who was in Virgil Vogel’s 1957 Universal creature-fantasy-adventure production?
The players who appeared in Virgil Vogel’s 1957 Universal creature-fantasy-adventure production of “The Land Unknown” were Jock Mahoney (as Cmndr. Harold Roberts), Shawn Smith (a pseudonym for Shirley Patterson, as Margaret Hathaway), Henry Brandon (as Dr. Carl Hunter), William Reynolds (as Lt. Jack Carmen), Douglas Kennedy (as Capt. Burnham), Bing Russell (in an uncredited role as a radio operator), Phil Harvey (as Steve Miller) and Bert Stevens (as an officer at the briefing).