For curiosity, style and fun stimulation, that is that other Twentieth Century-Fox sci-fi experience, “Voyage to the Center of the Earth,” had everything over this one. Coordinated and delivered by co-scenarist Irwin Allen, with a diversion cast headed by Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden, Robert Sterling and Peter Lorre, the new picture opened yesterday at the Paramount.
These are the squabbling individuals processing around underneath in Mr. Allen’s tremendous atomic fueled sub, ordered by Mr. Pidgeon, in a urgent race to spare the world from a circling ring of radiation fire. The thought is to hurry to a remote point and disjoin the singing belt with an exploded rocket. It’s Mr. Allen’s own mind tyke, composed with Charles Bennett.