Tired Old Queen At The Movies #149

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Journey To The Center Of The Earth: James Mason, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl and Peter Ronson take a trip to the middle world in Jules Verne’s “Journey To The Center Of The Earth,” 1959. Shot on location in Cinemascope and Technicolor as only Fox could and with a sumptuous score by Bernard Herrmann, it’s the perfect adventure for a sweltering summer night!

  • Boreal

    Shirtless men but one of them is Pat Boone, homophobe, evolution denier-yuck.


    • Joe in PA


    • olandp

      You left out malignant narcissist.

    • Palmer

      I hate to admit it, but the sight of Boone semi-naked (shower scene and wrapped in a sheep on a Sicilian hillside) cemented my obsession with long legs on a guy.

      Please forgive me, I was very young.

      • Shakesbear

        I have to confess. I was a young boy when this film came out and I had had a crush on Pat Boone since I saw him in Bernadine. How was I to know what kind of Christofascist he would become?
        My infatuation with him was so great that he is responsible for me loving mushrooms, which I previously wouldn’t touch, after seeing him eating them in the giant mushroom forest segment of the movie.
        And even to this day, I think the sweaty strip tease he does when he’s separated from the others- stripping off his shirt, cutting the legs off of his pants- with his smooth, glistening swimmer’s build…
        hubba hubba!

    • nocadrummer

      Which is odd, because there was a rumor in the early 80’s that “You Light Up My Life”, by his daughter (Debby Boone) was an ode to her girlfriend.
      (I’m not saying she’s a lesbian… as some were saying Whitney Houston and Jodie Foster were lesbians too. And we know how wrong “they” were.)

    • Acronym Jim

      This was back when Boone was still taking selfies with his dick in a box, so you’re good.

    • Harley

      I’ll take Brandon Frazier over Pat Boone any day.

    • Gianni

      But this was well before he fucked up his mind with the religious stuff. He was cute, nice singer, and obviously nice body. I remember watching closely hoping the camera would give a glimpse of him being completely in the buff. 🙂

  • Ranger One
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  • Ross

    Journey To The Center Of The Earth was…shot on location?


    • Palmer

      Iceland and Sicily (maybe Atlantis, you know, the whole Santorini thing).

    • BobSF_94117

      Not on a sound stage with fake stuff.

      But it is a great image.

    • BobSF_94117

      There’s a skip in the video just where he mentions CinemaScope. Seems like they cut “on location”.

    • jixter

      Shot on location in a Los Angeles sound-stage.

  • A. J. Aguilera

    I disagree. Gertrude was the star of the movie!

    • Chanel5

      I agree!! And, that jerk got what he deserved for what he did to Gertrude.

  • agcons

    Steve Hayes is a treasure.

  • caphillprof

    Pat Boone was always lost; He still is.

  • cleos_mom

    I remember seeing that in the Buckhead Theatre (Atlanta). What I mostly remember is spectacular colors and Gertrude the goose.

  • boobert

    Pat Boone taking a shower before he was a religious nut !

    • BillyDee4

      He was always a Religious nut.

  • “…take a trip to the middle world in Jules Verne’s “Journey To The Center Of The Earth,” 1959. Shot on location…”

    Shot on location!!!


  • bdsmjack
    • Palmer
      • bdsmjack

        To be honest, I’d take anyone over Pat.

      • “As a script doctor for the 1959 film Ben-Hur, Gore Vidal felt politics was an insufficient reason to explain a central plot point, the acrimonious falling out between dear boyhood friends Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) and Messala (Stephen Boyd). So Vidal created a back story, a teenage love affair between the two, one that Messala was keen to rekindle and Ben-Hur was not.
        The film’s director, William Wyler approved the story and Boyd used the homosexual history to inform his acting, but it was agreed that Heston would not be told about any of it. That little bit of gay subtext wasn’t revealed till 1995, when Vidal was interviewed for the documentary The Celluloid Closet.”

        I don’t know how many times I had seen “Ben-Hur” when I was a kid, but one time when I was a twenty-something young adult living in Paris (late 70s) some friends and I decided it would be a hoot to drop some acid and go see it at the American Theater. The scene in which Messala and Judah meet again after so many years burns in my memory because of the smoldering undercurrent of lust that I had never noticed before. For years I just assumed it was the acid talking…then I saw “The Celluloid Closet”

  • Bruce Reynolds

    But it has that homophobic idiot, Pat Boone, starring in it.

  • Ed Meiller

    Both Pat Boone and Peter Ronson were a treat for my very young eyes when I first saw this movie. The score still gives me goose bumps. A great blast from the past when I didn’t care what Boones politics were.

    • jixter

      … or even knew what politics were.