The Lost World (1960 film)

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The Lost World
TheLostWorld1960Poster.jpg
Original 1960 theatrical poster
Directed byIrwin Allen
Produced byIrwin Allen
Cliff Reid
Screenplay byIrwin Allen
Charles Bennett
Based onNovel:
Arthur Conan Doyle
StarringMichael Rennie
Jill St. John
David Hedison
Claude Rains
Fernando Lamas
Music byPaul Sawtell
Bert Shefter
CinematographyWinton C. Hoch
Edited byHugh S. Fowler
Production
  company
Irwin Allen Productions
Distributed by20th Century Fox (Worldwide, Current)
NBC (1963, TV)
Fox Video (1998, VHS)
BBC (2006, UK, TV)
Mill Creek Entertainment (2007, DVD)
Centfox (West Germany, 1960)
Emerald (2011, Argentina, DVD)
Release date(s)July 13, 1960 (USA)
Running time97 min.
CountryU.S.A.
LanguageEnglish
Budget$1,515,000[1]
Box office$2,500,000 (US/ Canada)[2]
 
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This article is about the 1960 film. For other uses, see The Lost World (disambiguation).
The Lost World
TheLostWorld1960Poster.jpg
Original 1960 theatrical poster
Directed byIrwin Allen
Produced byIrwin Allen
Cliff Reid
Screenplay byIrwin Allen
Charles Bennett
Based onNovel:
Arthur Conan Doyle
StarringMichael Rennie
Jill St. John
David Hedison
Claude Rains
Fernando Lamas
Music byPaul Sawtell
Bert Shefter
CinematographyWinton C. Hoch
Edited byHugh S. Fowler
Production
  company
Irwin Allen Productions
Distributed by20th Century Fox (Worldwide, Current)
NBC (1963, TV)
Fox Video (1998, VHS)
BBC (2006, UK, TV)
Mill Creek Entertainment (2007, DVD)
Centfox (West Germany, 1960)
Emerald (2011, Argentina, DVD)
Release date(s)July 13, 1960 (USA)
Running time97 min.
CountryU.S.A.
LanguageEnglish
Budget$1,515,000[1]
Box office$2,500,000 (US/ Canada)[2]

The Lost World is a 1960 fantasy adventure film loosely based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Conan Doyle and directed by Irwin Allen. The plot of the film revolves around the exploration of a mysterious flat mountain (see Tepui) in the heart of unknown Venezuela inhabited by cannibalistic natives, dinosaurs, carnivorous plants, and giant spiders. The cast includes Claude Rains, David Hedison, Fernando Lamas, Jill St. John, and Michael Rennie.

Special effects for the film were rather simple and involved monitor lizards, iguanas, and crocodiles affixed with miniature horns and fins. Director Allen later stated that though he wanted stop motion models, he could only work with lizards and live creatures in accordance with the studio's budget.

Synopsis[edit]

A professor leads a group of diverse characters to a remote plateau deep within the Amazonian jungle to investigate reports that living dinosaurs still exist there. Adventure ensues.

Plot[edit]

The boisterous, arrogant Professor Challenger (Claude Rains), a reputed biologist and anthropologist, dares the London Zoological Society to mount an expedition to verify his spectacular claim, without physical proof, that his previous expedition to the Amazon Basin found live dinosaurs. Apart from him and his 'socialite' counterpart, Professor Summerlee (Richard Haydn), the adventurous party consists of experienced discoverer Lord Roxton (Michael Rennie), the young reporter Ed Malone (David Hedison) - who got publicly struck down with Challenger's umbrella at his arrival - and Jennifer Holmes (Jill St. John), Malone's news agency's boss's daughter, who is allowed by her father to come essentially as one of the conditions for putting up the money. In Brazil they are joined by Jennifer's brother David (Ray Stricklyn) and local 'guide' Manuel Gomez (Fernando Lamas). They arrive by air, soon discover the dinosaurs and other creatures are real and dangerous ( their helicopter is incidentally destroyed by fighting dinosaurs), and the party is desperate to get off the isolated plateau. They learn Roxton knew about the fate of Burton White, an explorer whose diary they find, search for diamonds, and confirm that the local tribesmen are lethal guardians of the plateau's secrets. Additionally they learn Roxton accidentally killed Gomez' brother on a separate trip before this one, leaving Gomez hungry for revenge. During a volcanic eruption, they manage to escape from the plateau, carrying a Tyrannosaurus rex egg with them. The egg hatches when it is dropped by accident, and Professor Challenger resolves to take the infant dinosaur (here represented by a cosmetically altered gecko lizard) back to London with them.

Featured cast[edit]

Prehistoric Creatures[edit]

Legacy[edit]

Irwin Allen utilized stock footage from this film for episodes of his various TV series, including Land of the Giants, Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel, and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. In 1966, Irwin Allen even tried to sell a TV series based on the film as he had done with Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea but was unsuccessful.[3] Stock footage was also used in the 1970 movie When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p252
  2. ^ "Rental Potentials of 1960", Variety, 4 January 1961 p 47. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
  3. ^ James Van Hise, Hot Blooded Dinosaur Movies, Pioneer Books Inc. 1993 Pg.157

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