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Lost Continent (1951)

Passed | | Sci-Fi | 17 August 1951 (USA)
Major Joe Nolan heads a rescue mission in the South Pacific to recover a downed atomic rocket. The crew crashlands on a mysterious island, and spends much time rock-climbing. They meet up ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Maj. Joe Nolan
Marla Stevens
Lt. Danny Wilson
Michael Rostov
Native Girl
Sgt. Willie Tatlow
Stanley Briggs
Robert Phillips
Air Police Sergeant
William E. Green ...
Simmons (as William Gren)


Major Joe Nolan heads a rescue mission in the South Pacific to recover a downed atomic rocket. The crew crashlands on a mysterious island, and spends much time rock-climbing. They meet up with a native girl, a big lizard, and some dinosaurs. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


SEE! Daring climb to a strange prehistoric world! SEE! Violent upheaval of a prehistoric earthquake! SEE! Breath-taking escape as an entire island explodes! See more »




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Release Date:

17 August 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Continente Perdido  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original green tint of the "lost continent" sequences was not reproduced for television prints of the film (the sequences were shown in black-and-white instead), and it was not until well over 30 years after the film's initial release that the tint was restored for home video in the late 1980s. See more »


When the plane loses power and starts to go down, the men seated on the port side of the cabin are shown clinging to their seats against the angle of descent, the tail end on the left higher than the nose on the right. (This is also consistent with the shot of the cockpit from the starboard side, showing the angle of the plane high on the left, toward the tail, sloping down to the nose to the right.) The shot of the men on the starboard side of the cabin should show the same angle of descent in reverse: the plunging nose on the left, the higher tail on the right. But instead, the shot of the starboard side shows the same tilt as the port side - higher tail on the left, lower nose on the right - which, taken literally, would mean the starboard side of the plane was plummeting to the ground in the opposite direction of the port side. See more »


Nolan: Look at the size of that footprint! I've never seen anything like it before!
Phillips: I have. Once... in a museum.
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Edited into Muchachada nui: Episode #3.11 (2009) See more »

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My Memory May Be Vague About This Movie
28 August 2001 | by (Nebraska) – See all my reviews

The first and last time I saw this movie was the early 1960's, if not before then. So I saw it through the eyes of a young person. I enjoyed this movie and once in a while would give it a thought that I would like to see it again. It was neat seeing Sid Melton in this movie as he was one of my favorite characters on the TV series CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT, where he played Ichabod Mudd. If I saw it today I might think it was hokey, but back then the special effects to me were very good.

I gave it a 6 rating.

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