20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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      The First Submarine Photoplay Ever Filmed

              Based On Jules Verne's

             "Twenty Thousand Leagues
                    Under the Sea"

Approved by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures

   Copyrighted 1916 by The Universal Film Mfg. Co.
Carl Laemmle, President             All rights reserved

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  Directed by Stuart Paton

Photographed by Eugene Gaudio

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 The submarine scenes in this
production were made possible 
by the use of the Williamson
inventions, and were directed
under the personal supervision
of the Williamson brothers, who 
alone have solved the secret of
under-the-ocean photography.

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     ERNEST

       and

GEORGE WILLIAMSON

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         FACT

 When Jules Verne wrote
"Twenty Thousand Leagues
Under the Sea", the startling
inventions in this Masterpiece
impressed the world as being
the limit of imagination and
impossibility ....

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.... Jules Verne died a disap-
pointed man because the world 
did not take him seriously, but
after all, he was merely fifty 
years ahead of his time.

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JULES VERNE.

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         FICTION
          _____

 Over fifty years ago the civil-
ized world was seized in a grip
of terror on account of repeated
reports of a gigantic sea mon-
ster which attacked and de-
stroyed ships, sending their 
crews to a watery grave ....

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.... Terror prevailed on the 
high seas. Such was the sit-
uation when the United States 
Government decided to send an
expedition to rid the ocean of
this demon of the deep.

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Professor Aronnax, a distinguished
French scientist, was stopping at the
old Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York.

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His daughter was his constant 
        companion.

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Having accepted the invitation,
the Professor goes aboard the
"Abraham Lincoln," which sets
out on its adventurous voyage.

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On board, also, is the famous
Ned Land, prince of harpooners.

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    THE WIZARD OF THE DEEP.
            _____

At this time, unknown to the world,
there lived a man of mystery who
called himself Captain Nemo. He 
nursed a secret desire for revenge ....

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.... He invented a strange craft in
which he could navigate under the 
ocean ....  With a loyal crew he
traversed every sea, but never landed at 
any port, resolved to accomplish his 
vengeful purpose or die without disclos-
     ing his secret to mankind.

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    CAPTAIN NEMO
       ______
 
In his cabin on board the
 submarine, "Nautilus."

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The mysterious "monster" of
        the deep.

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Slowly, silently, it rises from
     unfathomed depths.

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Captain Nemo, having built 
and launched the "Monster,"
followed the paths of vessels for
20,000 leagues in search of ven-
geance.... Failing to locate his
enemy he now heads his craft
toward a point in the tropic seas.

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Captain Nemo makes certain of
         his bearings.

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In secret, he grieves over his
      unavenged wrongs.

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After following the trail of the "monster"
for many days the "Abraham Lincoln"
 nears the waters where it was last 
             reported.

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The "monster" is sighted.

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"Its hide is too tough for harpoons."

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"Even the cannon ball glanced
       from its back."

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Fearing that the secret of his submarine
will be made known to the world,
Captain Nemo rams the "Abraham
Lincoln," pitching the Professor and his
         party overboard.

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Rudderless, the "Abraham Lincoln"
          drifts on.

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A strange rescue.

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Despite his resolve never to allow
anyone but his crew on board the
submarine, Captain Nemo in compas-
    sion saves the victims.

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Professor Aronnax and his party,
realizing that they are prisoners,
     attempt to escape.

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"I am Captain Nemo and this is my
submarine, 'Nautilus' ....It has pleased 
me to save your lives.... You are my
            prisoners."

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"You shall never leave this ship
       as long as I live."

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Captain Nemo grants his lieutenant's
        plea for leniency.

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About this time, Lieutenant Bond and
four Union Army Scouts frustrate an
attempt to destroy their balloon, and are
         carried out to sea.

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For days they sail toward the
tropics, until at last they sight
    "Mysterious Island."

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They near the island.

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On "Mysterious Island" lives
    a child of nature.

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Soon they are hovering over a 
     beautiful beach.

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Dropped from the clouds.

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One remains clinging to the 
        balloon.

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Captain Nemo, looking through the
observation panel in his cabin, dis-
covers the unconscious balloonist.

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He orders two of his crew to help
  the half-drowned man ashore.

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Dawn.

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"Where is Harding?"

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Every cavern along the coast is
  searched for their missing
          comrade.

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The stranded party is reunited.

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Captain Nemo sympathizes with
  the ill-fated castaways.

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A chest of supplies is sent ashore.

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They search the island for food.

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"There must have been a
       shipwreck."

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Meanwhile on the submarine Pro-
fessor Aronnax and his party are
  summoned to Captain Nemo's
           cabin.

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"I wish to make you my guests--not
my prisoners....Give me your promise
never to attempt to escape and you shall
   have the freedom of the ship."

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"We promise."

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In the meantime, a crude camp
  has been constructed ....

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. . . .And a pit dug to afford
protection from prowling beasts.

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"See what I found in the pit."

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Captain Nemo reveals some of the 
marvelous mysteries of the deep.

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"I call this my magic window."

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"We are now at the bottom of 
          the sea."

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"Through these crystal plates con-
structed to withstand the pressure of
the water at this great depth, we gaze
on scenes which you might think God
   never intended us to see."

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"Behold the beautiful marine
         gardens."

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"Those are sponges growing among
         living corals."

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"Notice how brilliant is the reflection of the
sun's rays on these coral beds, fathoms
          below the surface."

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"See the blueheads, looking for
sea eggs' on which they feed."

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"At the base is dead coral, formed
by skeletons of the little coral polyp
       --a marine animal."

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"That is the wreck of an old
     blockade runner."

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"There's a great barracuda, which
is often six feet long .... some are
      dangerous as sharks."

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"Look! Sharks!"

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"Think! Only the crystal plates of
our window protect us from those
         man-eaters."

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"Wonderful! Isn't it?"

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"Tomorrow, I shall show you
scenes even more wonderful .... I
shall take you on a hunting trip on
 the very floor of the ocean."

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Preparing for the promised hunt.

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"From this cabin, we shall descend into 
the water chamber, from which we will pass
out through a trap-door into the ocean."

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"These suits are my own invention ....
instead of receiving air from above, we
breathe through tubes connected with
           oxygen tanks."

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"Although we have neither life lines, nor air
pipes, we need not fear ....  With our
supply of oxygen we can remain under
         water indefinitely."

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First the hunters visit the marine 
           gardens.

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They make slow headway against 
      the swift current.

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Two of the party search for pearls.

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Shark hunting.

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The guns which the hunters carry
are discharged by compressed air.

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Captain Nemo takes Professor
Aronnax on a thrilling adventure.

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They arrive at the vast ocean
meadows infested by tigers of the
             sea.

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The hunters release impure air 
    from their helmets.

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Regardless of danger, they attack
         the sharks.

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One bold man-eater charges them.

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The hunters return to the 
       "Nautilus."

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In a distant land, sometime before the
preceding events, Charles Denver, a retired
ocean trader, is haunted in his dreams.

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Twelve years before this time he had forced
his attentions on the wife of Prince Daaker,
                 of India.

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He is terrorized in his dreams by the
gruesome details of his crime against the
           Princess Daaker.

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One night in his bedchamber the 
ghost of the Princess tortures him
   to the point of madness.

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To escape further mental torture,
Denver takes to the sea in his
            yacht.

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"Do you remember your mother?"

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She relates how, when a child, she was
dragged from her dying mother's arms
   and taken to sea on a boat.

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Wondering if the child still lives,
he decides to search for her.

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"If I do not return by nightfall,
         come for me."

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Lost on "Mysterious Island."

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Captain Nemo sights a yacht
     lying off shore.

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"Go ashore and learn who 
  commands that yacht!"

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They struggle against the undertow.

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Meanwhile, one of the lieutenant's
party violates their code of honor.

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The scoundrel is made an outcast.

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"I was shipwrecked and have
lived on this island -- alone."

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"We are from Charles Denver's 
yacht .... He is lost in the jungle."

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The outcast plans to gain control
of the yacht and abduct the island
              maid.

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The conspirators set out.

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"I have the honor to report that 
the yacht is owned by Charles
           Denver."

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"At Last."

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The conspirators start to escape 
       with the yacht.

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"That ship must not get away....
go to the torpedo room....Let me
       take the wheel."

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"This torpedo must not miss its
             mark."

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"Ready!"

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"Load!"

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"Fire!"

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"Rescue them!"

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A revelation!

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"Allah be praised--it is my child!"

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The comrades of Lieutenant
Bond are taken off the island.

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Captain Nemo reveals the tragic
secret of his life, which Jules Verne 
           never told.

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".... Years ago, I lived in peace in an
Empire beyond the sea, where I was
 known as Prince Daaker . . . ."

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"....A beloved wife and daughter
were the rarest treasures in my
         palace ....."

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".... Charles Denver, an adven-
    turer, had gained my
      confidence ...."

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".... At this time the mutter-
ings of the natives portended
  an early uprising ...."

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 ".... The crafty Denver, who secretly
coveted the Princess, falsely accused me of
        inciting the rebellion ...."

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".... On the night air came the weird sounds
of the tom-toms and the frenzied shouts of
the natives, who had learned of my
         imprisonment ...."

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".... It was the signal for an
     open rebellion ...."

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".... I escaped from prison and
hastened to my palace . . . ."

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".... With her dying breath, the
Princess told me how Denver had
attacked her and taken our child
            away ...."

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".... When her spirit had taken
flight, I bore her body from the
           palace ...."

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".... My native land was made a 
place of death and desolation ...."

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".... There beside the body of my beloved,
I prayed that Allah might some day bring
me face to face with mine enemy ...."

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"This is a picture of your mother."

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The death of Captain Nemo.

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With heavy hearts, the crew obey
      his last command.

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The funeral under the sea.

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"May his soul rest in peace."

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The Great Commander gone, his crew
disbanded, the "Nautilus" sinks into the
silent depths, manned only by the
spirit of the "Wizard of the Sea."

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THE BENEDICTION.




THE END

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