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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 »


Sam Newfield (as Samuel Newfield)


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

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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)


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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Release Date:

17 August 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Continente Perdido See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some sequences were originally tinted green on the original release prints. See more »


The rocket launched is depicted by stock footage of a V2 launch. However, a scene from overhead shows a different rocket being launched, evidently from Rocketship XM1. See more »


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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Edited into Muchachada nui: Episode #1.12 (2007) See more »

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A movie ahead of its time -- but that doesn't make it good.
16 December 2003 | by Bruce_CookSee all my reviews

A synopsis of this film and a list of the cast members is bound to raise false hopes. Sad to say, it sounds much better than it looks.

An atomic rocket crashes atop a lofty plateau on a South Sea island, a plateau where dinosaurs still survive. Three military men and three scientists climb to the top of the plateau and struggle through the savage environment to recover important data from the rocket. The cast consists of B-movie sci-fi veterans: Cesar Romero ("The Jungle"), John Hoyt ("Attack of the Puppet People"), Hugh Beaumont ("The Mole People"), White Bissell ("The Time Machine" and others), Hillary Brooke ("Invaders from Mars"), Sid Melton ("Captain Midnight"), and a bit part by Acquanetta ("Captive Wild Woman").

The jungle sets and tabletop miniatures bear a pleasing resemblance to a poor-man's Skull Island (misty and surrealistic). The special effects during the climactic earthquake are nicely done. The cast does a fair job with Richard Landau's script. Admirable music by Paul Dunlap. Directed by Sam Newfield.

In spite of these assets, the film is defeated by a low budget and the poorly done animation (the credits do not name the animator). Only two triceratops, one brontosaurus, and one pterodactyl are shown. The dinosaur models lack detail. "The Lost Continent" came out early in the sci-fi craze of the 1950s, before any of Harryhausen's movies. The producers didn't realize how hungry the public was for rampaging stop-motion monsters.

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