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Flight of the Lost Balloon (1961)

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A professor is hired to navigate across Africa in a hot-air balloon to rescue a lost explorer, but a mysterious local villain named "Hindu" commandeers the balloon for his own nefarious purposes.

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Credited cast:
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Ellen Burton
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Dr. Joseph Farady
James Lanphier ...
Hindu
Douglas Kennedy ...
Sir Hubert Warrington
Robert W. Gillette ...
Sir Adam Burton
Felippe Birriel ...
Golem
A.J. Valentine ...
Giles
Blanquita Romero ...
The Malkia
Jackie Ronoro ...
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A professor is hired to navigate across Africa in a hot-air balloon to rescue a lost explorer, but a mysterious local villain named "Hindu" commandeers the balloon for his own nefarious purposes.

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Don't see this picture unless you take the special motion sickness pill provided free at this theater!

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28 December 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il tesoro segreto di Cleopatra  »

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An advertising gimmick used for this film was the giveaway of "motion sickness pills" to ticket buyers. The critics had a field day with it. See more »

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In several places the shadow of the boom crane that is used to suspend the "balloon" is visible as it supposedly floats in the air. See more »

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Hindu: Do not try to understand Golem. His tongue was torn out years ago.
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Cleo's Family Jewels
11 July 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

American-International Pictures usually the venue for Roger Corman at the time made this Victorian monstrosity Flight Of The Lost Balloon about a journey across Africa in a balloon. Shortly afterwards Five Weeks In A Balloon came out and was miles better than this.

For one thing this film could use a restoration if someone wanted to bother. The color is very washed out.

Puerto Rico stands in for Africa for the location shooting as Marshall Thompson and Mala Powers set forth to rescue Douglas Kennedy being held prisoner in a castle on an island in the middle of Lake Victoria. The mysterious Hindu who guides Thompson and Powers there is the owner of said castle and he wants Kennedy to spill the beans in regard to Cleopatra's treasure. Cleo didn't die in Egypt she came to the middle of the African veld to do her thing with the asp.

For a film set in Africa, British Africa at that not one of the cast members even attempted a British accent. An indication of the general boredom they had for this project. The situations and the dialog are patently ridiculous, even for a juvenile audience for which this film was intended.


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