Lost Continent

Tagged: Film

Film (1951). Sigmund Neufeld Productions. Distributed by Lippert Pictures. Directed by Sam Newfield. Written by Richard H Landau, and (uncredited) Orville H Hampton, from a story by Carroll Young. Starring Cesar Romero, Chick Chandler, Whit Bissell, John Hoyt, Acquanetta, Hillary Brooke. 83 minutes. Black and white with tinted green sequences.

Major Joe Nolan (Romero) leads a team of Scientists including Dr Stanley Briggs (Bissell) on a mission to recover a downed US atomic Rocket, which has crashed on a south Pacific Island, atop a tall plateau – access to which requires a long climbing sequence, padding the film out considerably. On the plateau, the crew finds a Lost World inhabited by Dinosaurs, which kill some of them. The dinosaurs are filmed in stop-motion animation, if not terribly well. Scenes set on the plateau are tinted green to signal the presence of radiation from the crashed rocket. A powerful earthquake and volcanic eruption destroys the island, but the surviving remnants of the crew escape this Disaster – some such event being close to universal in tales and films of this sort. Lost Continent bears some inevitable resemblance to Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World (April-November 1912 Strand; 1912), particularly after the dinosaur-filled mountain top has been reached. Overall, a fairly routine film. Some early sequences were taken without change from Rocketship X-M (1950), also distributed by Lippert. The tinted sequences are often removed from television showings. [GSt]

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