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Director:
Writers:
Robert Riskin (screenplay)
James Hilton (novel)
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Release Date:
1 September 1937 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Frank Capra's Mightiest Production See more »
Plot:
A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La -- but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 5 nominations See more »
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"I believe it because I *want* to believe it.." See more (108 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Ronald Colman ... Robert Conway

Jane Wyatt ... Sondra

Edward Everett Horton ... Lovett

John Howard ... George Conway

Thomas Mitchell ... Barnard
Margo ... Maria

Isabel Jewell ... Gloria

H.B. Warner ... Chang

Sam Jaffe ... High Lama
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Ainsley ... Embassy Club Steward (uncredited)

Chief John Big Tree ... Porter (uncredited)
Wyrley Birch ... Missionary (uncredited)
Beatrice Blinn ... Passenger (uncredited)
Hugh Buckler ... Lord Gainsford (uncredited)
Sonny Bupp ... Boy Being Carried to Plane (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
John Burton ... Wynant (uncredited)
Tom Campbell ... Porter (uncredited)
Matthew Carlton ... Pottery Maker (uncredited)
Eli Casey ... Porter (uncredited)
David Cavendish ... First Pilot (uncredited)
George Chan ... Chinese Priest (uncredited)
Darby Clark ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
David Clyde ... Embassy Club Steward (uncredited)
Robert Cory ... Englishman (uncredited)
Beatrice Curtis ... Passenger (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Englishman (uncredited)
Mary Lou Dix ... Passenger (uncredited)
Val Duran ... Talu - Hijacking Pilot (uncredited)
Neil Fitzgerald ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Willie Fung ... Bandit Leader at Fuel Stop-over (uncredited)
Moning Gonzales ... Porter (uncredited)
Lawrence Grant ... First Man (uncredited)
Antonion Herrera ... Porter (uncredited)
Joe Herrera ... Candle Maker (uncredited)
Glenn Howard ... Porter (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Assistant Foreign Secretary (uncredited)
Noble Johnson ... Leader of Porters on Return Journey (uncredited)
Manual Kalili ... Servant (uncredited)
George Kaluna ... Porter (uncredited)
Harold Lishman ... Porter (uncredited)
Richard Loo ... Shanghai Airport Official (uncredited)
Robert Lugo ... Porter (uncredited)
Richard Master ... Servant (uncredited)
Margaret McWade ... Missionary (uncredited)
John Miltern ... Carstairs - Man at Club (uncredited)
Ray Mitchell ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Joe Molina ... Porter (uncredited)
Henry Mowbray ... Englishman (uncredited)
Leonard Mudie ... Foreign Secretary with Prime Minister (uncredited)
John T. Murray ... Meeker (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... Englishman (uncredited)
Milton Owen ... Fenner (uncredited)
Arthur Rankin ... Passenger (uncredited)
Ruth Robinson ... Missionary (uncredited)
Richard Robles ... Porter (uncredited)
Alex Shoulder ... Servant (uncredited)
Joe Shoulder ... Porter (uncredited)
James Smith ... Porter (uncredited)
Carl Stockdale ... Missionary (uncredited)
John Tettener ... Montaigne (uncredited)
Ed Thorpe ... Porter (uncredited)
David Torrence ... Prime Minister (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Englishman (uncredited)
Barry Winton ... Englishman (uncredited)
Victor Wong ... Bandit Leader (uncredited)
Ernesto Zambrano ... Servant (uncredited)
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Directed by
Frank Capra 
 
Writing credits
Robert Riskin (screenplay)

James Hilton (novel)

Sidney Buchman  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Frank Capra .... producer (uncredited)
Harry Cohn .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Havlick 
Gene Milford 
 
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson  (as Stephen Goossón)
 
Set Decoration by
Babs Johnstone (interior decorator) (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Rhoda Donaldson .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Charles Huber .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist (uncredited)
John Wallace .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Sidney W. Pink .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Milton Carter .... assistant director (uncredited)
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Robert Farfan .... assistant director (uncredited)
Andrew Marton .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Fay Babcock .... set dresser (uncredited)
Lionel Banks .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Ted Dickson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Paul Murphy .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Cary Odell .... set sketcher (uncredited)
Jim Pratt .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Jack Wrenn .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Edward Bernds .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Irving 'Buster' Libbott .... microphone operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ganahl Carson .... special camera effects
Roy Davidson .... special camera effects (as E. Roy Davidson)
Harry Redmond Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Buddy Roosevelt .... stunt double: Ronald Colman (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Elmer Dyer .... aerial photography
Roy Babbitt .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Schuyler Crail .... still photographer (uncredited)
Henry Freulich .... additional photography (uncredited)
George Hager .... gaffer (uncredited)
William Jolley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Alfred S. Keller .... camera operator (uncredited)
George F. Kelley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Irving Klein .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Al Layter .... best boy (uncredited)
Irving Lippman .... still photographer (uncredited)
James Lloyd .... key grip (uncredited)
Sam Rosen .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Victor Scheurich .... camera operator (uncredited)
Rod Tolmie .... assistant camera: aerial unit (uncredited)
Alfredo Valente .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ernest Dryden .... costumes (as Ernst Dryden)
William Bridgehouse .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Dan Grossbeck .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
Daisy Jefferson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Max Steiner .... musical director
Robert Russell Bennett .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Peter Brunelli .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jester Hairston .... choral director (uncredited)
Herman Hand .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Howard Jackson .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hall Johnson .... choral arranger (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Rabinowitz .... music consultant (uncredited)
Max Reese .... orchestrator (uncredited)
William Grant Still .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (uncredited)
John Tettener .... music consultant (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hall Johnson Choir .... voices
Harry Cohn .... president: Columbia Pictures Corp. of Calif. Ltd.
Harrison Forman .... technical adviser
Archie Beckingsale .... bird trainer (uncredited)
Hyatt Daab .... press representative (uncredited)
Charles J. DeSoria .... dog trainer (uncredited)
Regis Gubser .... engineer: ice house (uncredited)
Al 'Doc' Guyer .... first aid (uncredited)
Eleanor Hall .... script clerk (uncredited)
Rennie Renfro .... dog trainer (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt .... double: Ronald Colman (uncredited)
Mary Wiggins .... double: Jane Wyatt (uncredited)
Harold Winston .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jeanine Basinger .... special thanks (1985 restoration)
Frank Capra .... special thanks (1985 restoration) (as Mr. Frank Capra)
Irwin Danels .... special thanks (1985 restoration)
Dennis Doph .... special thanks (1985 restoration)
Joseph G. Empsucha .... special thanks (1985 restoration)
Stephen Gong .... special thanks (1985 restoration)
Felipe Herba .... special thanks (1985 restoration)
Lawrence F. Karr .... special thanks (1985 restoration)
Audrey E. Kupferberg .... special thanks (1985 restoration)
David Parker .... special thanks (1985 restoration)
Robert Rosen .... special thanks (1985 restoration)
Irwin Rosenfeld .... special thanks (1985 restoration)
Ralph Sargent .... special thanks (1985 restoration)
Anne G. Schlosser .... special thanks (1985 restoration)
Paul C. Spehr .... special thanks (1985 restoration)
Nick Vasu .... special thanks (1985 restoration)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lost Horizon of Shangri-La" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
132 min (original version) | USA:95 min (TV version) | USA:118 min (general release version) | West Germany:97 min | 132 min (restored version)
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1937) | Norway:7 (original rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1989) (2000) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #2061) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
John Howard was tested for his part two days before production began. David Niven and Louis Hayward had both already tested for the role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Conway is stumbling down the mountain and approaching the native village, his hair and clothing don't match in closeup and distant shots.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Book Pages:In these days of wars and rumors of wars - haven't you ever dreamed of a place where there was peace and security, where living was not a struggle but a lasting delight? / Of course you have. So has every man since time began. Always the same dream. Sometimes he calls it Utopia - Sometimes the Fountain of Youth - Sometimes merely "that little chicken farm." / One man had such a dream and saw it come true...
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989)See more »
Soundtrack:
Wiegenlied (Brahms' Lullaby), Op. 49, No. 4See more »

FAQ

Is the version usually seen faithful to the director's intentions?
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51 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
"I believe it because I *want* to believe it..", 17 June 2005
Author: darkpixie1980 from United Kingdom

"I believe it because I want to believe it". This one line speaks volumes about what the movie (and the original novel) was trying to say. The concept of Shangri-La, a place where people work and live in peaceful harmony, is as relevant today as it was in the post-World War I era that James Hilton wrote 'Lost Horizon', where the world was still in turmoil following a devastating war and another was on its way.

In these days of war, humanitarian devastation and disease, how many people are there who dream of getting away from it all and living out their lives in a remote paradise just like Shangri-La? The High Lama's words to Conway resonate strongly even today.

"Look at the world today. Is there anything more pitiful? What madness there is! What blindness! What unintelligent leadership! A scurrying mass of bewildered humanity, crashing headlong against each other, propelled by an orgy of greed and brutality." On a more cinematographic note, the movie is visually stunning in an age before CGI and astronomical budgets. The beauty of Shangri-La, the stunning mountain landscapes and the overall settings of the movie make us believe that such a wonderful place can exist. All the actors are commendable in their portrayals (though some characters are different to those in the original novel) and their interaction with each other add a real sparkle to the movie.

'Lost Horizon' is a beautiful adaptation of James Hilton's masterpiece and captures the very feeling of the novel and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has ever dreamed of escaping from the hectic world in which we live.

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