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Lost Continent (1951)

Major Joe Nolan heads a rescue mission in the South Pacific to recover a downed atomic rocket. The crew crashlands on a mysterious island, and spends much time rock-climbing. They meet up ... See full summary »

Director:

Sam Newfield (as Samuel Newfield)

Writers:

Richard H. Landau (screenplay), Carroll Young (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cesar Romero ... Maj. Joe Nolan
Hillary Brooke ... Marla Stevens
Chick Chandler ... Lt. Danny Wilson
John Hoyt ... Michael Rostov
Acquanetta ... Native Girl
Sid Melton ... Sgt. Willie Tatlow
Whit Bissell ... Stanley Briggs
Hugh Beaumont ... Robert Phillips
Murray Alper ... Air Police Sergeant
William E. Green William E. Green ... Simmons (as William Gren)
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Storyline

Major Joe Nolan heads a rescue mission in the South Pacific to recover a downed atomic rocket. The crew crashlands on a mysterious island, and spends much time rock-climbing. They meet up with a native girl, a big lizard, and some dinosaurs. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Monsters in a land that time forgot! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Continente Perdido See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The opening shot of the White Sands Missile Base, and some of the rocket scenes, were lifted from Rocketship X-M (1950) which, like this film, had also been released by Lippert Pictures. See more »

Goofs

When Major Nolan gets up to go into the back of the aircraft, prior to refueling, he bumps the throttle control housing which moves. This housing is affixed solidly to the aircraft in reality. See more »

Quotes

Nolan: Look at the size of that footprint! I've never seen anything like it before!
Phillips: I have. Once... in a museum.
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Connections

Edited into Muchachada nui: Episode #2.10 (2008) See more »

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A Sci-Fi Film From Fifty Years Ago
3 October 2005 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

In its day this film probably did appeal to teenagers looking for some vicarious adventure. "Lost Continent" is your typical 1950's Saturday afternoon matinée movie. With all that walking and climbing the characters do, there's anticipation of what they might find, and that anticipation probably lent some tension to the plot for viewers back then. Furthermore, no one could have foreseen CGI. The film's dinosaurs thus were probably quite impressive to kids in those days.

But, by current standards, "Lost Continent" is bland, unimaginative, slow, and hopelessly cheap looking. The story, about scientists who go in search of a downed rocket, is razor thin. It's really just a rehash of "The Lost World" (1925), except that in "Lost Continent", WWII rocket technology is the rationale for the exploration.

The action takes forever to get going. There's lots of back story and routine human drama scenes, all of which could have been edited out. But in that case, the film's run time would have only been about thirty minutes.

In addition to the thin story, another problem is the cinematography. In the many, many rock climbing scenes, there are too many close-up shots. Some distance shots would have provided at least some sense of vertigo, and therefore could have heightened the tension and suspense.

As cinema entertainment, "Lost Continent" cannot compete with more recent sci-fi. The film now is little more than a historic relic of a bygone era when viewers were much easier to please.


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