An excellent combination of witty scripting and fine acting resulting in grand adventure. James Mason plays Oliver Lindenbrook, an Edinburgh geologist who travels with student Alec McEwen (Pat Boone) to Iceland as part of a planned descent to the center of the earth via volcano. There, they meet Carla (Arlene Dahl), whose husband has been killed in a similar attempt. She joins the expedition, along with a young Icelander (Peter Ronson) and his pet duck. They begin the descent, imperiled by prehistoric beasts, rock slides, and the evil Count Saknussemm (Thayer David), who murdered Carla's husband and is determined to be the first to reach the earth's core. A well-photographed film, with location footage shot in Carlsbad Caverns, featuring great special effects and a Bernard Herrmann score that heightens the excitement. Mason is charming, caustic and debonair, and the whole affair is captivating, silly fun. Watch for some sly sexual lampooning.