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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 »

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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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180.000.000 Years Beyond Belief! See more »


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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

Lt. Wilson often has a cigarette in his mouth, but it is never lit. See more »

Goofs

When Briggs slips from Rostov's grasp, an overhead shot shows him falling backward into a cloud, as Rostov lays stretched over the ledge above. But the moment Briggs disappears into the cloud, Rostov suddenly dissolves and you see only an empty ledge. (The next shot, a close-up of Rostov, shows him still laying flat on the ledge.) 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 Robot Monster (1953) See more »

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An excellent early 50's dinosaur movie
25 June 2002 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

The Lost Continent is an excellent, low budget dinosaur adventure from 1951. Although we don't get to see any dinosaurs until the last half hour, this is worth the wait.

A party is sent to a South Seas island to search for a missing atomic rocket. They eventually arrive there after a long flight and a lot of rock climbing. While resting on the rock face, one of the party sees an enlarged lizard, but no one else believes him. When they get there, they discover an uncharted plateau where time has stood still. It is tinted green. On the plateau, they battle a Brontosaurus, some Triceratops and a Pterodactyl. These stop-motion monsters look quite impressive, even though they are not done by Willis O'Brien or Ray Harryhausen. The party eventually finds the rocket, get the information they want off it and escape from the plateau which is then destroyed by an earthquake.

This movie stars Cesar Romero and several familiar faces from 50's sci-fi movies: Whit Bissell (Creature From the Black Lagoon), John Hoyt (When Worlds Collide) and Hillary Brooke (Invaders From Mars). All play good parts. The score in this movie is excellent throughout and the green tint looks good too.

I had been after this movie for ages and was pleased when I obtained an NTSC copy.

This is a must for fans of dinosaur movies and 1950's sci-fi. A treat.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


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