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Transatlantic Tunnel (1935)

The Tunnel (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Sci-Fi | November 1935 (UK)
A team of international scientists and engineers attempts to build a tunnel under the ocean.

Director:

Maurice Elvey

Writers:

Bernhard Kellermann (novel) (as B. Kellermann), Curt Siodmak (screen story) (as Kurt Siodmak) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Richard McAllan
Leslie Banks ... Frederick Robbins
Madge Evans ... Ruth McAllan
Helen Vinson ... Varlia Lloyd
C. Aubrey Smith ... Lloyd
Basil Sydney ... Mostyn
Henry Oscar ... Grellier
Hilda Trevelyan Hilda Trevelyan ... Mary
Cyril Raymond ... Harriman
Jimmy Hanley ... Geoffrey McAllan
George Arliss ... Prime Minister of Great Britain (as Mr. George Arliss)
Walter Huston ... President of the United States (as Mr. Walter Huston)
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Storyline

Engineers Richard McAllan and Frederick Robinson manage to get financial backing for a gigantic project to build a tunnel from England to America. His biggest supporter is Varlia Lloyd, daughter of one of the backers, and she uses her influence more than once to keep the project going. Mack's wife Ruth is also supportive, although his constantly being away on the tunnel project strains their marriage, and affects his relationship with their son. After years of financial skulduggery and physical obstacles under the ocean floor, the tunnel proceeds as Mack's marriage and his friendship with Robbie deteriorate. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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The next wonder of the world is the wonder of the movie world

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Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1935 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Transatlantic Tunnel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Full Range Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie's fictional time line, the Channel Tunnel was built in 1940. The real opening date of the "Chunnel" was 1994. See more »

Quotes

Varlia Lloyd: You don't like him do you?
Mostyn: One likes human beings.
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At the end of the opening credits, a card comes up with "Gaumont-British Picture Corpn. Ltd. were fortunate in securing the services of Mr. George Arliss and Mr. Walter Huston for the parts of Prime Minister of Great Britain and President of the United States." See more »

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Interesting, but disappointing
22 December 2000 | by oigresSee all my reviews

Finally saw this movie after many years of eager anticipation only to find myself bored. I have to agree with Maltin's summary of the two-dimensional characterization of the players in this movie. The characters in this movie do nothing more than bicker and argue.

The movie was released in Britain in 1935. A darkening time for Europe was on the horizon with Adolph Hitler's rise to power in Germany. The characters in the movie hint at using the tunnel for uniting the "English" speaking people of the world; not to mention the transportation of armaments to Britain should war break out! Perhaps this movie was supposed to quell the fears of the British by offering an avenue of escapism in the promise of new and revolutionary technology (ie. the Radium Drill!) to avert war.

Never the less the movie does utilize futuristic sets and models that were ahead of their time and still hold their own today. Transportation historians will find this movie interesting. 6.5 out 10.


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