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The Lost City (1935)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 6 March 1935 (USA)
An evil scientist plots to take over the world from his base in Africa, where he has invented a machine that can cause earthquakes.


Harry Revier


Zelma Carroll (story), George M. Merrick (story) (as Geo. M. Merrick) | 4 more credits »

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Cast overview:
William 'Stage' Boyd ... Zolok (as Wm. 'Stage' Boyd)
Kane Richmond ... Bruce Gordon
Claudia Dell ... Natcha Manyus
Josef Swickard ... Dr. Manyus
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Butterfield (as Geo. F. Hayes)
Billy Bletcher ... Gorzo (as Wm. Bletcher)
Eddie Fetherston Eddie Fetherston ... Jerry Delaney
Milburn Morante ... Chet Andrews [Chs. 1, 4, 5, 8-10]
Margot D'Use Margot D'Use ... Rama - Queen of the Wangas [Chs.8-11] (as Margot Duse)
Jerry Frank Jerry Frank ... Appollyn
Ralph Lewis ... Prof. Reynolds [Chs.1-4]
William Millman William Millman ... Dr. Colton [Chs.1-5] (as Wm. Millman)
Gino Corrado ... Sheikh Ben Ali [Chs. 5-7]
Sam Baker Sam Baker ... Hugo - Lead Giant


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Release Date:

6 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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(12 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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CHAPTER TITLES: 1. Living Dead-Men; 2. The Tunnel of Flame; 3. Dagger Rock; 4. Doomed!; 5. Tiger Prey; 6. Human Beasts; 7. Spider Men; 8. Human Targets; 9. Jungle Vengeance; 10.The Lion Pit; 11.The Death Ray; 12.The Mad Scientist. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two different feature versions of this serial were released theatrically in 1935. See Lost City, The (1935/II) and Lost City, The (1935/III). One of the feature versions was condensed from the entire serial, the other was condensed from just chapters 1-4 with some added wrap up scenes tacked on. A few years later, yet another feature version of this serial was released theatrically, titled City of Lost Men (1940). See more »


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Wild, Wild, Wild
29 October 2006 | by pastark2See all my reviews

All the other comments are really right on the mark about THE LOST CITY. For some of us it is a guilty pleasure, mainly because it is so outlandish. Trying to rate it is difficult, because on the one hand the acting is so atrocious and the racial attitudes are beyond belief, and the other hand, it is never boring, and has imaginative sets and Kenneth Strickfadden's electrical devices. Recently Jerry Frank's, nephew wrote about this film. Frank and Sam Baker, who played the 7 foot zombie Hugo became best of friends. It was heartwarming to read how in those days, the two actors, one Black and the other Jewish bonded. Baker referred to the film as "That old dog" but neither would disavow the film.

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