20,000 leagues under the sea

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May 27 movie: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. What fun this was! Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre and James Mason in a steampunk thriller. It was strange to watch this after having read The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Which was obviously a much darker take on the Captain Nemo character. 

I kept thinking about an SNL parody of this movie, many years ago, with Phil Hartman as Captain Nemo and Rob Schneider as Peter Lorre's character. I forget who played Kirk Douglas. Everyone keeps saying "We're so deep in the ocean! We must be 20,000 leagues under the sea!" And poor Captain Nemo keeps explaining over and over that no, they're not going 20,000 leagues down, that would be physically impossible. Instead they're traveling 20,000 leagues while in the sea. And everyone keeps ignoring him and talking about how they're 20,000 leagues under the sea. The sketch went on too long, but it was pretty funny.

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"The sketch went on too long, but it was pretty funny."

Isn't that SNL's motto?

I happened across a transcript of that SNL sketch today: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/93/93qleagues.phtml

Turns out I remembered it wrong: Kelsey Grammar plays Captain Nemo, and Phil Hartman was Kirk Douglas' character. I was right about Rob Schneider playing Peter Lorre, although he's identified as "first mate" which wasn't Lorre's character in the movie.

Anyway the sketch is quite funny, funnier now that I've seen the movie. My favorite line is "Oh, I get it. So 200 fathoms equals 20,000 leagues under the sea?"

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