May 3, 2013

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea On-Screen at Washburn University

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Peter Lorre’s only film at the Walt Disney studio, will open the “Fabulous Jules Verne Film Festival” on Friday, May 3, at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

The festival will be held over May 3 and 4, Friday and Saturday. Included are short films by French filmmaker Georges Melies, as well as several feature-length movies, all based on the works of Verne. The full schedule is available on the Washburn University website. The festival is supported by Washburn’s Office of International Affairs and Office of Multicultural Affairs and includes door prizes and a coloring contest.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea will be shown at 7 pm on Friday, May 3, 2013. Tom Prasch, professor of history at Washburn, will introduce the movie.

All events will be held in Room 112 of the Henderson Learning Resources Center.

Admission is free for all events.

For more information about the festival, please contact Bill Shaffer at or call (785) 670-1111.

Washburn University is located at 1700 SW College Avenue, in Topeka, Kansas.

In The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre (2005), Stephen D. Youngkin discusses the making of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea through interviews with set designer Harper Goff. For the weekly series Disneyland, Peter appeared with Kirk Douglas (who plays master harpooner Ned Land) to discuss the movie’s “giant squid” sequence. The episode, titled “Monsters of the Deep”, originally aired on Jan. 19, 1955, over ABC.

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre is now available in soft- and hard-back, as well as the Nook and Kindle.

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