Search for Paradise

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Search for Paradise
Directed byOtto Lang
Produced byLowell Thomas
Distributed byCinerama Releasing Corp.
Release date
September 24, 1957
Running time
120 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$6.5 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[1]

Search for Paradise is a 1957 American documentary film shot in Cinerama.


In October and November 1956, a Cinerama motion picture Search for Paradise, directed by Otto Lang, and produced by Lowell Thomas, was filmed in part at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, under the working title of Search for Shangri-La. The film "tells the story of a veteran officer, who wants 'out' but finds, after searching the world for a 'Shangrila,' [sic] that the U. S. Air Force is 'it.'"

"Some of the action-packed events captured at Eglin include F-100 'Super Sabres' breaking the sound barrier, in-flight refueling of B-47 'Stratojet' medium bombers, landings and mass fly-bys of the latest operational U. S. Air Force aircraft. Hollywood stunt flyer and combat veteran Paul Mantz, was contracted by Stanley Warner to fly his specially built B-25 in filming a number of aerial sequences . The Cinerama camera can be placed in the nose or tail gunnery slot of the World War II aircraft to film the panorama called for in this latest 'wide-curved' screen production." Release by Stanley Warner, Inc., was expected in the spring of 1957, according to a news article in The Okaloosa News-Journal, Crestview, Florida, in November 1956.[2]

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  1. ^ "All Time Domestic Champs", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34
  2. ^ Crestview, Florida, "Cinerama Crews Shooting New Movie At Eglin AFB", The Okaloosa News-JournalEdgewater Area News section, Thursday 1 November 1956, Volume 42, Number 44, page 1.

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