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Lost Continent
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Director:
Writers:
Richard H. Landau (screenplay)
Carroll Young (story)
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Release Date:
17 August 1951 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
User Reviews:
A Sci-Fi Film From Fifty Years Ago See more (39 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
William E. Green ... Simmons (as William Gren)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bradley ... Officer at Proving Grounds (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)

Directed by
Sam Newfield  (as Samuel Newfield)
 
Writing credits
Richard H. Landau (screenplay)

Carroll Young (story)

Orville H. Hampton  uncredited

Produced by
Jack Leewood .... associate producer
Robert L. Lippert .... executive producer
Sigmund Neufeld .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Dunlap 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Greenhalgh (director of photography)
 
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 editor (as John Hall)
Fred Lau .... sound mixer
 
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)
 
Other crew
Orville H. Hampton .... dialogue supervisor
Robert L. Lippert .... presenter
 

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

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Trivia:
Shot in 11 days.See more »
Goofs:
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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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A Sci-Fi Film From Fifty Years Ago, 3 October 2005
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

In its day this film probably did appeal to teenagers looking for some vicarious adventure. "Lost Continent" is your typical 1950's Saturday afternoon matinée movie. With all that walking and climbing the characters do, there's anticipation of what they might find, and that anticipation probably lent some tension to the plot for viewers back then. Furthermore, no one could have foreseen CGI. The film's dinosaurs thus were probably quite impressive to kids in those days.

But, by current standards, "Lost Continent" is bland, unimaginative, slow, and hopelessly cheap looking. The story, about scientists who go in search of a downed rocket, is razor thin. It's really just a rehash of "The Lost World" (1925), except that in "Lost Continent", WWII rocket technology is the rationale for the exploration.

The action takes forever to get going. There's lots of back story and routine human drama scenes, all of which could have been edited out. But in that case, the film's run time would have only been about thirty minutes.

In addition to the thin story, another problem is the cinematography. In the many, many rock climbing scenes, there are too many close-up shots. Some distance shots would have provided at least some sense of vertigo, and therefore could have heightened the tension and suspense.

As cinema entertainment, "Lost Continent" cannot compete with more recent sci-fi. The film now is little more than a historic relic of a bygone era when viewers were much easier to please.

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