20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916)

35mm film, black and white [tinted], 1.33:1

An American science fiction film directed by Stuart Paton.

Plot Summary

Captain Nemo builds a submarine to help him take his on Charles Denver, the man he holds responsible for the death of Princess Daaker.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Stuart Paton
Williamson Submarine Film Corporation
Produced by: Carl Laemmle *, Stuart Paton *
Scenario: Stuart Paton *
Based on the Novel by: Jules Verne
Director: Herzl Effensachs *
Photographed by: Eugene Gaudio
Underwater Photography: George Williamson, Ernest [real name: J. Ernest Williamson]
Music by: Brian Benison, Alexander Rannie [1991 re-release]; Maximilien Mathevon [2003 re-release]
Art Director: Frank Ormston *

Dan Hanlon (Professor Aronnax)
Edna Pendleton (Aronnax's daughter)
Curtis Benton (Ned Land)
Allen Holubar (Captain Nemo)
Matt Moore (Lieutenant Bond)
Jane Gail (a child of nature)
Howard Crampton (Cyrus Harding)
William Welch [real name: William Welsh] (Charles Denver)
Lois Alexander (Prince Daaker's daughter as a child)
Wallace Clark [real name: Wallis Clark] (Pencroft)

Alternative Titles

20.000 Léguas Submarinas – Brazil
20 000 lieues sous les mers – France (DVD)
20.000 milja pod morem – Serbia
En världsomsegling under havet – Sweden
En Verdensomsejling under Havet – Denmark
Húszezer mérföld a tenger alatt – Hungary

Extracts included in
Hollywood Aliens & Monsters (1997)
Jules Verne & Walt Disney: Explorers of the Imagination (2003)
The Making of (2003)



  • Infinity no.39 (2021) pp.52-57- illustrated article (Filming Nemo Part One by Gregory Kulon)


  • American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913-1929 by John T. Soister and Henry Nicolella with Steve Joyce and Harry H. Long p.587 – credits, article
  • The Encyclopedia of Novels Into Films second edition by John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh pp.470-472 – credits, review (by P.S. [Philip Simpson])
  • by Walt Lee p.507 – credits
  • Sci-fi Chronicles by Guy Haley (ed.) pp.30-31