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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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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:
The part of the paleontologist was not in the original novel but was developed for Edward Everett Horton by Frank Capra. Horton improvised the scene when he is startled by the mirror in the lacquer box when Capra asked him to suggest some business for that scene.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Camera shadow on Henry's back while on the plane, when he turns back to his seat.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:
Referenced in Finding Shangri-La (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Here We Go Gathering Nuts in MaySee more »

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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Painstaking Restoration of a Rarely Seen Classic Reflects True Vision, 29 December 2005
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

One of my favorite books growing up was James Hilton's classic 1933 book, "Lost Horizon", and I believe it motivated a great deal of my current wanderlust. Even though I have had the misfortune of seeing the disastrous 1973 musical remake when I was young, the original 1937 film adaptation has been a film I have wanted to see for years, but for whatever reason, it was next to impossible to uncover. Apparently, bastardized versions have shown up on TV through the years. Now we are fortunate to have this 1999 restoration spearheaded by UCLA film archivist Robert Gitt to match as closely as possible to Frank Capra's original 132-minute running time.

Similar to what was done with George Cukor's "A Star Is Born", "Lost Horizon" is presented with its complete soundtrack, but missing footage had to be found through other sources, even 16-mm prints recorded from TV broadcasts, and in a few scenes, production stills were sadly the only option to fill in the gaps. Consequently, there is a variable quality to the print, but when one thinks that much of this footage could have been completely lost, the visual lapses are more than forgivable. Now that I have seen Capra's vision of the book, I can now understand why it's a cinematic classic though I have to concede not as timeless as one would hope.

The fanciful plot centers on Robert Conway, a top-level English diplomat about to become the Foreign Secretary, who helps refugees and assorted others from war-ravaged China. A motley crew of passengers led by Conway boards a plane that is skyjacked toward the Himalayas where it crash lands in a desolate spot of Tibet. They are eventually met by a sect of locals who takes them to a paradise called Shangri-La. The focus of the story then becomes how each of the plane survivors responds to this utopian existence. With his instantly recognizable mellifluous tone, Ronald Colman is perfectly cast as Conway, the only one who embraces this seemingly perfect haven from the outset. He captures the natural curiosity and open romanticism of his character with his trademark erudite manner.

The rest of the cast is a gallery of stock characters fleshed out by the variable quality of the performances. H.B. Warner plays Chang with the requisite serenity of his vague, mysterious character; and Jane Wyatt - two decades before playing the perfect suburban wife and mother in "Father Knows Best" - is surprisingly saucy as Sondra, the young schoolteacher who has Conway brought to Shangri-La. She even has a brief nude swimming scene. John Howard unfortunately overplays the thankless role of Conway's obstreperous brother George to the point where I groan every time he appears on screen. A similar feeling comes over me when I see Edward Everett Horton's overly pixilated and fey turn as Lovett and Sam Jaffe's bug-eyed, ethereal High Lama. Isabel Jewell and Thomas Mitchell fare better as a dying prostitute and a fugitive swindler, respectively.

The set designs for the Shangri-La lamasery by Stephen Goossón are intriguing in that they look like a post-modern tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie architecture, though one could argue that the exteriors also resemble a fancy Miami Beach resort hotel. I also imagine that the isolationist philosophy espoused by the High Lama may have been at odds with pre-WWII patriotic fervor, though the more lingering problem is the racism apparent in the casting (e.g., non-Asians like Warner playing inscrutable Asians) and the portrayal of the Tibetan porters as gun-toting derelicts. However, for all its flaws, the movie has some really stunning camera-work by Joseph Walker, surprisingly masterful special effects (for a near-poverty row studio like Columbia), Dmitri Tiomkin's stirring musical score and a powerful sense of mysticism that gives the film a genuine soul. It is no accident that Capra, the most idealistic of the master filmmakers, helmed this movie because a more cynical mindset could have easily sabotaged the entire venture.

The DVD is a wonderful package. First, there is a fascinating photo montage documentary with narration provided by film historian Kendall Miller, which gives a true feeling of how Capra approached the production. Gitt and film critic Charles Champlin provide audio commentary on an alternate track of the film with Gitt very informative about the exhaustive restoration process and Champlin more in awe of the result. There is even an alternative ending included that Columbia chief Harry Cohn insisted on filming and using upon release, but it had thankfully been dropped two weeks later. This is a genuine treat for cinemaphiles, as there are few films that make such a compelling case for seeking out one's personal utopia.

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