Godfrey Morgan: A Californian Mystery (French: L'École des Robinsons, literally The School for Robinsons), also published as School for Crusoes, is an 1882 adventure novel by French writer Jules Verne. It tells of a young adventurer, Godfrey Morgan, and his deportment instructor, Professor T. Artelett, who embark on a round-the-world ocean voyage. Their ship is wrecked and they are cast away on a remote island, where they rescue and befriend an African slave, Carefinotu.
Godfrey, an idle twenty-two-year-old, lives with his uncle, the wealthy Lord William W. Kolderup. Prior to marrying the young and pretty Phina, he asked to undertake a sea voyage of two years. Acceding to his desire, his uncle sends him around the world on board the Dream, commanded by Captain Turcott, with his mentor, teacher, and dance instructor, Professor T. Artelett aka "Tartlet". Unfortunately, the ship sinks a few miles from Spencer Island (located at 32°15′N145°18′W / 32.250°N 145.300°W / 32.250; -145.300) where Godfrey will have to learn to survive, to organize his life, face the savages, and overcome other obstacles—together with Tartlet, the only other survivor of the sinking Dream. Faced with this, the jaded young man discovers the value of effort and gains poise and courage.
The novel was adapted for a 1981 USA/Spain co-production by director Juan Piquer Simón, titled Jules Verne's Mystery on Monster Island (Spanish: Misterio en Isla de los Monstruos), and starring Peter Cushing and Terrence Stamp, Ian Sera, and David Hatton in cameo, but significant, roles. Monsters were prominently included as an element in the film, but were absent from the novel. In 2007 the film was released on DVD as part of a double feature. Despite the similar title, the film has no connection with the better-known Verne novel The Mysterious Island, though some reviewers have disregarded this.
^Renzi, Thomas C. (1998). Jules Verne on film: a filmography of the cinematic adaptations of his works, 1902 through 1997 (illustrated ed.). McFarland. pp. 167–169. ISBN0-7864-0450-7.
^FoxStore.com "Gorilla at Large/Mystery at [sic] Monster Island Double Feature." Retrieved on 2009-08-13.
^Moria.co.nz "Monster Island is ostensibly based on Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island (1875), although it gives the impression that none of the filmmakers have actually read the Verne story." Retrieved on 2009-06-12.
^Answers.com "Spanish director Juan Piquer Simon returned to the author with this substandard retelling of Mysterious Island." Retrieved on 2009-06-12.