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Lost Continent
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Release Date:
17 August 1951 (USA) See more »
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Monsters in a land that time forgot! See more »
Plot:
Major Joe Nolan heads a rescue mission in the South Pacific to recover a downed atomic rocket. The crew crashlands on a mysterious island... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Pulpy Appeal, Although I Could've Used More Hillary Brooke See more (34 total) »

Cast

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Cesar Romero ... Maj. Joe Nolan
Hillary Brooke ... Marla Stevens
Chick Chandler ... Lt. Danny Wilson

John Hoyt ... Michael Rostov
Acquanetta ... Native Girl

Sid Melton ... Sgt. Willie Tatlow

Whit Bissell ... Stanley Briggs

Hugh Beaumont ... Robert Phillips
Murray Alper ... Air Police Sergeant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bradley ... Officer at Proving Grounds (uncredited)
William E. Green ... Simmons (uncredited)
Ed Hinton ... Officer at Proving Grounds (uncredited)
Clark Howat ... Naval Captain (uncredited)
Chubby Johnson ... Bunker 'Suit' (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Officer at Proving Grounds (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sam Newfield  (as Samuel Newfield)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Orville H. Hampton  uncredited
Richard H. Landau 
Carroll Young  story

Produced by
Jack Leewood .... associate producer
Robert L. Lippert .... executive producer
Sigmund Neufeld .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Dunlap 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Greenhalgh 
 
Film Editing by
Philip Cahn 
 
Art Direction by
Frank Paul Sylos  (as F. Paul Sylos)
 
Makeup Department
Harry Ross .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bert Sternbach .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Neufeld .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John D. Hall .... sound effects
Fred Lau .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Augie Lohman .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Mercer .... opticals
Edward Nassour .... animation supervisor (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alfred Berke .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Music Department
George C. Emick .... music editor
Paul Dunlap .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Orville H. Hampton .... dialogue supervisor
 

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83 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-8 | Germany:12 | USA:Approved (certificate #15313)

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The opening shot of the White Sands Missile Base, and some of the rocket scenes, were lifted from Rocketship X-M (1950) which, like this film, had also been released by Lippert Pictures.See more »
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Factual errors: The Triceratops and Brontosaurus are portrayed as vicious killers that attack without provocation. In reality both were plant eaters that probably attacked others only in self-defense.See more »
Quotes:
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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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Pulpy Appeal, Although I Could've Used More Hillary Brooke, 29 October 2007
Author: ferbs54 from United States

"Lost Continent" (1951) is a film that I used to love as a kid, but hadn't seen in over 40 years. I still remembered parts of it vividly, however, especially the gripping image of a man falling to his doom through a covering of cloud, and wondered if it would hold up all these years later. The answer: well, partly. In this one, the prototype of an atomic rocket crashlands on a mountain plateau in the South Pacific, and Air Force pilot Cesar Romero is called on to ferry scientists Whit Bissell, John Hoyt and Hugh Beaumont (six years pre-"Beaver") to the site, along with a few others. After a protracted but nonetheless suspenseful climb up the steep mountainside, which the band accomplishes with only ropes (and no pitons or carabiners!)--a climb that takes up more than 1/3 of the picture--our heroes make it to the top and discover a suddenly green-tinted world, populated with prehistoric critters. Although the switch from B&W to that greenish hue IS pretty nifty, it must be said that these dinosaurs are brought to life by the filmmakers using what might be the lamest stop-motion photography ever committed to film; 1925's "The Lost World" did a better job at this! Still, cheaply put together as it is, "Lost Continent" is mighty fun to watch, mainly because the leads are so appealing and convincing. The presences of yummy '50s gals Hillary Brooke and Acquanetta in bit roles doesn't hurt, either. Although the dinosaurs-on-an-island bit had been better handled three years earlier in "Unknown Island," and the notion of going after a crashlanded rocket over dangerous terrain would be dealt with infinitely better in 1968's "Ice Station Zebra" (and even in the 1963 Bob Hope comedy "Call Me Bwana"), this film still has a pulpy appeal that manages to strike a chord in me 40 years later. Watch it with the kiddies one night. Oh...nice-looking print on the DVD that I just watched, too!

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