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Charles Bennett (screenplay) and
Irwin Allen (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 July 1960 (USA) See more »
In the middle of the twentieth century, you fall off the brink of time! See more »
Professor Challenger leads an expedition of scientists and adventurers to a remote plateau deep in the Amazonian jungle to verify his claim that dinosaurs still live there. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Rennie ... Lord John Roxton

Jill St. John ... Jennifer Holmes (as Jill St.John)

David Hedison ... Ed Malone

Claude Rains ... Prof. George Edward Challenger

Fernando Lamas ... Manuel Gomez

Richard Haydn ... Prof. Summerlee
Ray Stricklyn ... David Holmes

Jay Novello ... Costa

Vitina Marcus ... Native Girl

Ian Wolfe ... Burton White
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ross Brown ... Airport Attendant (uncredited)
Colin Campbell ... Prof. Waldron (uncredited)
Fred Cavens ... French Member of Zoological Institute Forum (uncredited)

Larry Chance ... Indian Chief (uncredited)
Phyllis Coghlan ... British Member of Zoological Institute Forum (uncredited)
Alex Denaszody ... German Member of Zoological Institute Forum (uncredited)
Anne Dore ... Member of Zoological Institute Forum (uncredited)
Alex Finlayson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Guest at Zoological Institute Forum (uncredited)
Peter Fontaine ... Airport Attendant (uncredited)
Don Forbes ... TV Announcer (uncredited)
John Graham ... Stuart Holmes (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Man at Airport / Guest at Zoological Institute Forum (uncredited)
Ivo Henderson ... British Member of Zoological Institute Forum (uncredited)

Stuart Holmes ... Zoological Institute Professor on Stage (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Guest at Zoological Institute Forum (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Guest at Zoological Institute Forum (uncredited)
George Pelling ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ruggero Romor ... Italian Member of Zoological Institute Forum (uncredited)

Brian Roper ... British Member of Zoological Institute Forum (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Guest at Zoological Institute Form (uncredited)
Jacqueline Squire ... British Member of Zoological Institute Forum (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Reporter at Airport (uncredited)
Gilchrist Stuart ... Reporter (uncredited)

Ben Wright ... BBC Field Reporter Ted Bottomley (uncredited)

Directed by
Irwin Allen 
Writing credits
Charles Bennett (screenplay) and
Irwin Allen (screenplay)

Arthur Conan Doyle  uncredited

Produced by
Irwin Allen .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
Bert Shefter 
Cinematography by
Winton C. Hoch (director of photography) (as Winton Hoch)
Film Editing by
Hugh S. Fowler 
Art Direction by
Duncan Cramer 
Walter M. Simonds 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott (set decorations)
John Sturtevant (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Paul Zastupnevich (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ad Schaumer .... assistant director
Art Department
Maurice Zuberano .... production illustrator
Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
James B. Gordon .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
Willis H. O'Brien .... effects technician (as Willis O'Brien)
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (as Sid Cutner)
Howard Jackson .... orchestrator
Max Reese .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Henry E. Lester .... technical adviser
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)
Argentina:Atp | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (video rating: DVD) (2015) | USA:Approved (PCA #19503) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Director Irwin Allen wanted to use stop-motion dinosaurs for this film, but due to budget reasons he had to use lizards - mainly monitor lizards - as dinosaurs. Plastic horns and spikes were attached to them to make them look more like dinosaurs.See more »
Continuity: When Jennifer is attacked by one of the vines, she's carrying a basket with her poodle inside it in one shot, then grabs the vine with both hands in the next.See more »
Professor George Edward Challenger:[to the people at the Zoological Institute] Live dinosaurs!See more »


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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Excellent first sound version of this story, 16 June 2004
Author: Chris Gaskin from Derby, England

This was the first sound version of the Lost World and I think it is one of the best. The silent, 1925 movie is the best. There have been several remakes since this one.

Professor Challenger takes a party to an uncharted plateau where dinosaurs still roam. They arrive there by helicopter, but not long after they get there, this is destroyed by a dinosaur. Despite this, they explore the land and capture a native cave girl, who knows how to use a gun. We learn that Lord Roxton has been here on a previous expedition and he killed Gomez's brother. After a fight between two dinosaurs, the party are captured by unfriendly natives, who are cannibals. Luckily, the cave girl who the party captured earlier helps them to escape and after meeting Burton White, the blind surviver of an earlier expedition, make their way along a narrow ridge where Challenger nearly meets his death. The party collects some diamonds and then Gomez holds everyone hostage as he wants Lord Roxton dead, but the gun shot wakes the "fire monster" and it eats Costa. Gomez then meets his death by falling in the lava helping to open a rock door. The plateau then blows its top and everyone is safe. But one last explosion causes the dinosaur egg they found to fall on the floor and break, revealing a baby T-Rex...

The "dinosaurs" in this movie are enlarged lizards with fins and horns attached to them and an enlarged crocodile. This what director Irwin Allen wanted unfortunately. Pity he did not want stop-motion, despite Willis O'Brien helping with the special effects. We also see a giant spider and man eating plants.

The movie has a great cast: Claude Rains (The Invisible Man), Michael Rennie (The Day the Earth Stood Still), David Hedison (The Fly, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea) and Bond Girl Jill St John (Diamonds Are Forever).

I enjoyed this movie, despite the non stop-motion dinosaurs.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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