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Captain Nemo’s Skiff From The Submarine Nautilus In 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

(Walt Disney, 1954) “Very well, Mr.Land, permission granted… But stay on the beach. The natives on that island are cannibals. They eat liars with the same enthusiasm as they eat honest men.Break out the skiff!” “Aye Aye, Sir! Break out the skiff!”And so, James Mason, as Capt. Nemo, sets into motion the exciting “Cannibal Island” chase sequence, featuring Kirk Douglas and Peter Lorre.This is one of four major action sequences showcasing the Skiff from the Nautilus in Disney’s 1954 classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.In addition to the exciting “Cannibal Island” scene, the three other action sequences in the film that highlight the Skiff are: the suspenseful scene at Nemo’s secret base “Vulcania”, the insightful “Rorapandi Prison Camp” sequence, and the dramatic escape from the submarine Nautilus and explosion of Vulcania at the end of the film. Like Capt. Nemo’s submarine Nautilus, the Skiff is truly a unique and notable movie boat. Measuring 14 ft. long x 3 ½ ft. wide x 3 ft. tall, it is a fully-functional row boat just as it appeared throughout the film, with three overlapping/telescoping top plates which open during use and close for storage, a three seat interior, four swing-out oar locking mounts, and riveted-plate exterior appearance. Solidly constructed of wood and metal at Disney Studios, the Skiff was partly restored in the 1980s to enhance its seaworthiness for the pilot episode of Tom Sherman Production’s Captain Nemo’s Discovery Bay Chronicles, filmed to tie-in with the submarine Nautilus as Euro Disneyland’s Discovery Bay Attraction in France. (Tom Scherman was Disney Studios resident expert on the submarine Nautilus).This Skiff is the only one of its kind, and the only part of the submarine Nautilus which actually worked and functioned as a water-borne vessel. After more than fifty years, the Skiff is all that remains of the full-size Nautilus deck set from the film. The Skiff is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Disney scene planning technician Dave Thomson, an original note regarding arrangements for picking up the Skiff from the lot, and a Personal Property Pass for the Skiff signed by Barney Rogers, head of the Studio Property Dept., transferring ownership of the Skiff to Thomson. A rare and desirable piece of Disneyana and film history! Estimate $12,000 – $15,000

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