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Lost Horizon (1973)
If you want to spend a couple of hours with your mouth hanging open, with your jaw dropped in incredulity, this is the film for you. I mean, honestly, I couldn't believe how mind-numbingly awful this film is. The 1937 Capra non-musical original was brilliant. This musical version basically takes the Capra film, populates it with actors who can't sing, adds color and bad 1970's hairstyles, and introduces the most mediocre songs imaginable. Not a single tune is memorable, and the lyrics are simply worse than pedestrian. Speaking of pedestrian, watching people walk down city sidewalks might be more entertaining than the dance numbers in this film.
Even if they'd found truly talented songwriters and choreographers, I was left with the general impression that this particular story just doesn't lend itself to the musical genre, but I could be wrong about that. Lerner & Loewe did something amazing with George Bernard Shaw in "My Fair Lady," and Rodgers & Hammerstein did something equally amazing with James Mitchener ("South Pacific" on Broadway - not the film which was mediocre and not the TV version with Glenn Close which was inexcusable.) So maybe the right songwriting team could have adapted this story. I just don't know for sure. What I do know is, Lost Horizon (the musical) needs to be seen to be believed, and that's the only reason I can think of to see it.
Load up on caffeine first -- it'll help you not to nod off as this film bores you to death -- and it'll give you a good excuse to spend time in the bathroom which means you won't have to watch as much of the movie.