Bob Mattey and Walt Disney

Bob Mattey: Master of Mechanical Magic

By Becky Cline

Legendary mechanical effects man Robert A. Mattey Jr. began his Hollywood career in the late 1920s, while visiting his father, a costume jeweler who created the faux coins used in the 1927 epic film The King of Kings. The 16-year-old Bob was fascinated by the production process, and was hooked for life.

Shortly after, Bob began working in motion…

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Nautilus

Captain Nemo’s Nautilus

Captain Nemo’s Nautilus, designed for Walt Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) by artist Harper Goff, left an indelible impact on viewers of all ages and would go on to become the stuff of science-­fiction fantasy, inspiring many generations of fans.

NOW AVAILABLE: Visit DisneyPhotoArchives.com to order this and other classic images on archival…

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Walt Disney and Kirk Douglas

Walt Disney and Kirk Douglas Having a Wild Time

For 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Walt Disney signed an A list Hollywood cast, including top box-office leading man, Kirk Douglas. Here, during a two-weeks location shoot in Long Beach near Negril, Jamaica, the pristine, crescent-shaped six-mile stretch of beach, complete with palm trees and brilliant white sand, is the setting for some clowning between…

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