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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 »
User Reviews:
`Lost Horizon' is indeed a remnant from the golden age of cinema. See more (113 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)

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:
"Academy Award Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 27, 1946 with Ronald Colman reprising his film role.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Conway is chasing after Sondra on horseback, they are riding over grassy soil, but the sound of the horses' hooves is that of hitting a paved surface.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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FAQ

Is the version usually seen faithful to the director's intentions?
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59 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
`Lost Horizon' is indeed a remnant from the golden age of cinema., 22 May 2003
Author: ilovedolby from New York State

There is an aura that seems to surround classic films made before the days of computer generated visual effects and intense marketing campaigns. It was a time when motion pictures depended on grand stories, superb performances, and great direction to catapult their success. This was exactly the case of `Lost Horizon,' a film from director Frank Copra (`It's A Wonderful Life'). With elaborate set designs, excellent performances by Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, John Howard, Thomas Mitchell, and Edward Everett Horton, `Lost Horizon' is a story of survival and ultimately finding a way home, that cannot be forgotten. `Lost Horizon' is a tale of five castaways who inadvertently find themselves in Shangri-La after their plane crashes in the mountains of Tibet. They are lead into the place of eternal youth, natural beauty, and free from strife by members of the region. They are treated as guests, and although they want to leave and find their way back to the world as they know it, porters are hard to find. It all leads to a notion that none of them want to admit; that they were meant to be in Shangri-La. Out of the thousands of movies that have been produced in the past 100 years, only a few afford of the privilege of remembrance. What's more, only a few seem to survive due to the nature of celluloid prints breaking down over time. A similar problem plagued `Lost Horizon,' in that after decades of worthy theatrical re-issues, the prints depreciated, with many withering away. As such, a preservation program was set in place to save copies of the film. Thanks to the works of countless individuals, this classic has been restored, to a certain degree, with some of the footage missing, replaced by still shots of the actors and recorded dialogue. From a critical standpoint, `Lost Horizon' has stood the test of time to be one of the greatest adventure classics ever produced by Hollywood. What is astonishing about this film is the attention to detail. As the film begins, a battle is taking place somewhere in China where we meet our protagonist, Bob Conway (Coleman). As the film continues, the scene changes to a scene on an airplane where our characters are trying to leave the war torn region. At one point, the crew is at a high altitude where the temperature is very cold. As such, we can see their breath in the shot as they speak. Normally, this kind of feature is ignored as the scene is short, but it adds a touch of realism that can't be denied. Incredible detail went into the creation of Shangri-La. With its large sets, beautiful costume design, the film takes on an epic proportion only rivaled by the grand designs of such Biblical epics as `Ben-Hur,' and `The Ten Commandments.' Truly, director Capra wanted to create an image that audiences would be astounded by…and he truly succeeded.

One can't help but admire the characters-they are all a bit naïve, but all intriguing in their own ways. Conway (Coleman) is a British diplomat and explorer whose fame is well deserved. His brother, George (Howard) presents a great deal of fear for the unknown Shangri-La. The characters of Henry Barnard (Mitchell) and Alexander P. Lovett (Horton) add a real sense of humor to the film. There are some minor inconsistencies in the story and various tasks that the characters try to pull off, but it's hardly worth complaining about because the film is such a treasure among other films. After 66 years, `Lost Horizon' remains far better than most of the adventure films that play in cinemas nowadays. One can only wish that they could have been present to see this in a theater during its original run. How amazing it would have been to see this epic tale of survival and the human struggle against itself back in 1937. `Lost Horizon' is indeed a remnant from the golden age of cinema. ***1/2

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