Lost Continent (1951 film)
|The Lost Continent|
|Directed by||Sam Newfield|
|Written by||Orville H. Hampton, Richard H. Landau, Carol Young (story)|
|Editing by||Philip Cahn|
|Distributed by||Lippert Pictures Inc.|
|Release dates||North America: August 17, 1951
Asia: December 18, 1955
|Running time||83 min|
The Lost Continent (1951) is an American science fiction film, starring Cesar Romero and Hillary Brooke, directed by Sam Newfield and produced by his brother Sigmund Neufeld. This low-budget independent film was shot in 11 days. The footage on the plateau where the dinosaurs lived was printed with green tinting. The plot strongly resembles that of Arthur Conan Doyle's novel, The Lost World. This film, Rocketship X-M (1950)--from which the rocket launch footage was taken—and Robot Monster (1953), which reused footage from this film, were all mocked on the American TV program Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Maj. Joe Nolan (Romero) is the head of a mission to the South Pacific to retrieve an atomic rocket that vanished. Their plane crashes on a remote tropical island. They find a lone native girl (Acquanetta) who indicates something fell from the sky onto a forbidding plateau that dominates part of the island. The party reaches the top despite numerous obstacles as viewers are subjected to long stretches of rock climbing (almost 20 minutes in all), and discovers a lush jungle inhabited by dinosaurs. One of their party dies during the climb, another is killed by the presumed-extinct animal life, but four return to the flatland with a critical component of the rocket and escape as a dormant volcano erupts and destroys the island utterly—plateau, dinosaurs and all.
- Cesar Romero (Major Joe Nolan)
- Hillary Brooke (Marla Stevens)
- Chick Chandler (Lt. Danny Wilson)
- John Hoyt (Michael Rostov)
- Acquanetta (Native girl)
- Sid Melton (Sgt. William Tatlow)
- Whit Bissell (Stanley Briggs)
- Hugh Beaumont (Robert Phillips)
- Murray Alper (Air Police Sergeant)
The movie was featured in a season 2 episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank taunted Joel Robinson before the movie with the words "Rock Climbing". Later episodes would revisit the concept of tedious, drawn-out scenes as pain points for the viewers, in which the Mads would add their own branding, such as "Deep Hurting" and "Hypno-Helio Static Stasis". In a host segment, Michael J. Nelson portrayed Hugh Beaumont as a member of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
- The Lost Continent at the Internet Movie Database
- Original soundtrack from the film score released by the "Monstrous Movie Music" label (sound samples available)
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