Crack in the World (1964)

35mm film, Technicolor
mono (Westrex Recording System), English

An American science fiction film directed by Andrew Marton.

Plot Summary

An experiment by Dr Steven Sorenson to detonate a nuclear weapon deep under the Earth's surface goes horribly wrong. Sorenson was hoping that the explosion would free up vast reserves of geothermal energy – instead it causes a crack in the surface of the Earth that threatens to split the world in two unless it's stopped.


Directed by: Andrew Marton
© MCMLCIV [1964] by Paramount Pictures Corporation and Security Pictures Inc.
A Paramount release. A Philip Yordan production. A Security Pictures Inc. production
Producer: Bernard Glasser, Lester A. Sansom
Screenplay by: Jon Manchip White, Julian Halevy
Story by: Jon Manchip White
Director of Photography: Manuel Berenguer
Editor: Derek Parsons
Music Composed and Conducted by: John Douglas
Sound Recordists: David Hildyard, Morris Askew
Make-up Artist: Carmen Martín
Hairdresser: Pepita Rubio
Costume Designer: Laure de Zarate
Special Effects Director: Eugene Lourie
Special Effects: Alex Weldon
Art Direction: Eugene Lourie

Dana Andrews (Doctor Stephen Sorenson)
Janette Scott (Maggie Sorenson)
Kieron Moore (Dr Ted Rampion)
Alexander Knox (Sir Charles Eggerston)
Peter Damon (John Masefield)
Jim Gillen (Rand)
Gary Lasdun (Markov)
Alfred Brown
Mike Steen (Steele)
Emilio Carrere
Sydna Scott (Angela)
John Karlsen (Dr Reynolds)
Todd Martin (Simpson)
Ben Tatar (Indian ambassador)

Extracts included in
Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America (1992)



  • Alien Worlds no.15 (May 1965) p.16-17 – illustrated review (Vision by Alan Dodd)
  • The Daily Cinema no.9024 (5 February 1965) p.7 – note (Trade shows)
  • The Daily Cinema no.9025 (8 February 1965) p.4 – note (Ideas unlimited)
  • The Daily Cinema no.9026 (10 February 1965) p.5 – note (Inner space film drama)
  • The Dark Side October/November 1994 p.18 – review
  • Famous Monsters of Filmland No.30 (September 1964) p.10 – note (Fright films to come)


  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.237 – credits, review
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.84 – credits
  • Hoffman's Guide to Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.80 – credits, review
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.67 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.94 – credits
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.77 – credits
  • Science Fiction in the Movies: An A-Z by Roy Pickard p.17 – credits, note