The Land Unknown

Synopsis: On a naval expedition to Antarctica, three men and reporter Maggie Hathaway crash-land in a crater 1000 m below sea level. There, they encounter steamy tropical forest, dinosaurs, carnivorous plants, and human footprints, as Maggie's clothes become more and more abbreviated.
Director(s): Virgil W. Vogel
Production: Universal Pictures
78 min

Your goal, gentlemen, Antarctica.

Five million square miles of terra incognita,

But your job, to make it

just a little less incognita,

Amundsen discovered

the South Pole in 1911.

Wilkins explored the coast in 1928.

And Admiral Byrd flew

over the South Pole in 1929

and once again in 1947.

Now, gentlemen, it's your turn.

As officers of this great enterprise,

you will facilitate our navy's

geographical and meteorological

mapping operations.

You will also investigate

the phenomenon encountered

by the Byrd expedition of 1947,

a polar oasis consisting

of a body of warm water completely

surrounded by this vast desert of ice.

Now, at the time, this discovery

astounded the entire scientific world,

caused a great deal of speculation.

Now, there are other phenomena

that you will investigate.

Ellsworth discovered

fossil remains of ferns and petrified logs.

Amundsen discovered veins of coal

100 miles long.

There have been reports of iron,

copper and nickel.

Now, there may be deposits of uranium

under these vast polar ice fields.

Now, in addition, you may find that...

Gentlemen, this way is south.

Thank you.

Now in just a few moments,

we'll show you excerpts from a film

made by the Byrd expedition

which'll give you firsthand information

on many of the problems

which you are apt to encounter.

But first, we'll take a short break.

Not bad.

She's got a head

on her shoulders, too.

Oh, you know her?

Margaret Hathaway, Oceanic Press.

How do you do, Miss Hathaway?

Hello, Captain. I'm sorry I'm late.

That's quite all right.

I was thinking perhaps the OP had decided

not to send you after all.

Oh, no.

Of course you're aware

of the dangers of this trip?

I am. I've read a great deal about Antarctica.

I wasn't thinking of Antarctica exactly.

I was thinking more

of your being alone with 800 men.

I've read a great deal about men, too.

Don't forget,

once I was alone with half a million of them

for three months in Korea.

In that case, Miss Hathaway,

I think you've had excellent basic training.

Now, would you care to meet

some of the men you'll be working with?

I always love to meet men, Captain.

Miss Margaret Hathaway,

may I present Commander Roberts,

with whom you'll be spending

most of your time?

I've heard about you, Commander.

How do you do?

I can do better than that.

I'm an ardent reader of your column.

How do you do?

This is Lieutenant Jack Carmen.

He'll be your helicopter pilot.

Hello, Lieutenant.


I hope you won't mind having to fly

the first woman over Antarctica.

Ma'am, you just say the word,

and I'll fly you up to the moon.

In a helicopter?

You won't have to worry about him,

Miss Hathaway.

I'm sure he'll cool off

as soon as he hits sub-zero weather.

Pardon me.

The film's ready, sir.

Thank you.

You'll excuse me.

Will you join us?

Thank you.

So you're a geophysicist, Commander?

That's right.

But you don't look like a scientist to me.

You don't look like Walter Winchell.

Give me time.

Will you take your seats, please?

In 1947, the use of Huskies as draft animals

was still very much

a part of any operation in the Antarctic.

And here we see some scenes of the careful

training that both men and dogs underwent

in the months prior to embarkation.

Finally, the ships are loaded,

Admiral Byrd boards his flagship,

and the expedition is on its way.

Its main goal is the Bay of Whales

in the Ross Sea.

But 800 miles of the Ross lce Barrier

had to be penetrated.

But finally, in the winter of '47,

which is just the beginning of summer

in the Antarctic, the expedition arrives.

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