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:
Ellen Burton
Dr. Joseph Farady
James Lanphier ...
Douglas Kennedy ...
Sir Hubert Warrington
Robert W. Gillette ...
Sir Adam Burton
Felippe Birriel ...
A.J. Valentine ...
Blanquita Romero ...
The Malkia
Jackie Ronoro ...
Native dancer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcella Wright ...
Title Song Singer (voice)


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)  »

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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 »


During the balloon preparation scene, one of the native characters in local dress hurries by the camera revealing blue jogging shorts with white pipping down the side showing from under his costume. Very popular style for the 1960's but definitely not available in during the Victorian Era. See more »


Hindu: Ah, good morning. Sunrise over the jungle. Magnificent.
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Mindless Junk
14 March 2003 | by (Brooklyn, NY. (Where I'm from originally.)) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie on cable TV. I watched it because my high school was closed up for a snow day. My parents were working and my brother was spending the day with my grandparents. I was home alone skipping through the dials when I saw this movie. Flight of the Lost Balloon was a grade Z movie with a bunch of unknown actors who embark on a journey to an Arabian land to save a friend of theirs.

As I recall the movie took place in medeval times and yet they traveled in a hot air balloon? People back then didn't have hot air balloons! What were the writers smoking? The grand finale comes when they save their friend and the villain was holding onto the balloon wanting to fight with them. The lead female in this movie didn't do anything, except scream on top of her lungs. This movie was ridiculously bad that it deserves to be listed in the B-Movie Hall of Shame! When I watched this I was making fun of it a'la MST3K who, by the way could've had a field day mocking this piece of junk! Was I the first to comment on this? Look, Ma! Me First!

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