Friday, June 4, 2010

Silly Hollywood photo of the day

This month, TCM is showing a bunch of underwater-themed movies on Fridays in prime time. One of tonight's movies is the Disney version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, airing at 10:00 PM ET. I'm sure you know the story, with it having been based upon the popular novel by Jules Verne. James Mason plays Captain Nemo; Paul Lukas the professor who leads the search for the elusive Nautilus; Peter Lorre plays Lukas' assistant; and Kirk Douglas gets the role of Ned Land, one of the sailors on the ship commissioned by Lukas, and the only one of those sailors to survive its collision with the Nautilus.

One of the seeming tropes from the Disney movies is the popular animal characters, especially the anthropomorphic animals of later animated movies. Here, the animal with get is Esmeralda, Nemo's seal who takes a liking to Ned Land, including (if memory serves) a singing scene with him. Not having seen the movie in a while, my memory is that Douglas definitely sings; I think Esmeralda barks along with him. In any case, it's one of the more interesting Hollywood screen pairings.

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