On this day in 1954, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, a Disney motion picture starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, and Peter Lorre, was released. It is one of the most well-known adaptations of Jules Verne's classic novel.
Even today, it is considered by many the most mature Disney live-action production - due to its philosophical dialogue. The film was also the first time that major Hollywood stars appeared in a Disney production and the first time Disney shot a film in wide screen Cinemascope. Directed by Richard Fleischer, it was awarded two Oscars: one for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, and another for Best Film Editing.
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