A Professor (James Mason) is given a piece of lava for a present. It proves to be too heavy for the type of lava. Upon examination there is a message inside that will eventually take this professor through many adverse adventures eventually leading to a "Journey to the Center of the Earth"
I usually side with the book. However this time it is the movie that I will hold as the standard. This is better than all the subsequent attempts to re-interpret the story. They picked just the right people for the parts. Pat Boone as Alec McEwen, "Goodbye Charlie" (1964), James Mason as Professor Oliver Lindenbrook, and Arlene Dahl as Mrs. Carla Goetaborg. And Thayer David was the sinister Count Saknussmen. Many of the location scenes were at Carlsbad Caverns, NM. And it was a nice touch to include "My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose" a song using the words of Robert Burns.
The count had no scruples when it came to shooting or eating. However I was a little upset when he ate Gertrude.
I still watch this periodical. And kid about the three marks of Arny Saknussmen when they show the footprint of the Mantis "The Deadly Mantis" (1957), as it has the same three marks.
JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH  [HOLLYWOOD GOLD SERIES] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] The accent is on fun and fantasy in this film version of Jules Verne's classic thriller that stars James Mason, Pat Boone, and Arlene Dahl. With spectacular visuals as a backdrop, the story centres on an expedition led by Professor Sir Oliver S. Lindenbrook [James Mason] down into the earth's dark, threat-laden core. Members of the group include the professor's star student, Alec McEwan [Pat Boone], and the widow Mrs. Carla Göteborg [Arlene Dahl] of a colleague. Along the way lurk dangers such as kidnapping, death, sabotage by a rival explorer, and attacks by giant prehistoric reptiles. But they also encounter such magnificent wonders as a glistening cavern of quartz crystals, luminescent algae, a forest of giant mushrooms, and the lost city of Atlantis.
Cast: James Mason, Pat Boone, Diane Baker, Arlene Dahl, Thayer David, Peter Ronson, Robert Adler, Alan Napier, Mary Brady, Alan Caillou, John Epper, Edith Evanson, Alex Finlayson, Mollie Glessing, Frederick Halliday, Kendrick Huxham, Owen McGiveney, Molly Roden, Bert Stevens, Ivan Triesault, Red West, Peter Wight, Ben Wright and Gertrude the Duck (uncredited)
Director: Henry Levin
Producer: Charles Brackett
Screenplay: Charles Brackett, Walter Reisch and Jules Verne (author)