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The Tunnel U rating

The construction of a transatlantic tunnel linking Britain and America hits trouble in an entertaining slice of speculative fiction.

Science Fiction 1936 93 mins


Long before the Channel tunnel, this entertaining slice of speculative fiction imagines a seemingly impossible engineering feat: a transatlantic tunnel linking Britain and America. Unsurprisingly, the project is beset with problems, both natural and man-made. If a scheming arms manufacturer isn't impeding progress then an inconveniently located undersea volcano is. Will our heroes prevail?

This was the fourth screen adaptation of Bernhard Kellermann's novel (first published in Germany in 1913), following a German-made silent version in 1915 and simultaneous German and French language versions in 1933. Digitisation supported by The Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation.