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The Lost City (1935)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 6 March 1935 (USA)
An evil scientist plots to take over the world from his base in Africa, where he has invented a machine that can cause earthquakes.

Director:

Harry Revier

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Zelma Carroll (story), George M. Merrick (story) (as Geo. M. Merrick) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview:
William 'Stage' Boyd ... Zolok (as Wm. 'Stage' Boyd)
Kane Richmond ... Bruce Gordon
Claudia Dell ... Natcha Manyus
Josef Swickard ... Dr. Manyus
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Butterfield (as Geo. F. Hayes)
Billy Bletcher ... Gorzo (as Wm. Bletcher)
Eddie Fetherston Eddie Fetherston ... Jerry Delaney
Milburn Morante ... Chet Andrews [Chs. 1, 4, 5, 8-10]
Margot D'Use Margot D'Use ... Rama - Queen of the Wangas [Chs.8-11] (as Margot Duse)
Jerry Frank Jerry Frank ... Appollyn
Ralph Lewis ... Prof. Reynolds [Chs.1-4]
William Millman William Millman ... Dr. Colton [Chs.1-5] (as Wm. Millman)
Gino Corrado ... Sheikh Ben Ali [Chs. 5-7]
Sam Baker Sam Baker ... Hugo - Lead Giant
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After a series of electrical storms disrupts the world, electrical engineer Bruce Gordon develops a machine to trace the cause of the disasters. He discovers that the source is in central Africa and, backed by the nations of the world, sets out on an expedition. Bruce learns that the disturbances emanate from an area called the Magnetic Mountain. But unknown to our hero and his pal Jerry, the Magnetic Mountain also contains a super-advanced secret city ruled by the tyrannical scientific wizard named Zolok, who has unleashed the electrical fury threatening civilization as part of his plan to conquer the world. Zolok has under his control a brilliant inventor, Manyus, Manyus' beautiful daughter Natcha and an army of giant African slaves, who follow the dictates of a strongman, Appolyn, and Gorza, a dwarf. Also in the mix are schemers Reynolds and Colton, who plan to capture Manyus and thereby gain control of Zolok's army, and a double-crossing fellow explorer named Butterfield. Can ... Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lost City See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Two different feature versions of this serial were released theatrically in 1935. See The Lost City (1935) and The Lost City (1935). One of the feature versions was condensed from the entire serial, the other was condensed from just chapters 1-4 with some added wrap up scenes tacked on. A few years later, yet another feature version of this serial was released theatrically, titled City of Lost Men (1940). See more »

Alternate Versions

Two different feature versions of this serial were released theatrically in 1935. See Lost City, The (1935/II) and Lost City, The (1935/III). One of the feature versions was condensed from the entire serial, the other was condensed from just chapters 1-4 with some added wrap up scenes tacked on. A few years later, yet another feature version of this serial was released theatrically, titled City of Lost Men (1940). See more »

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Referenced in American Experience: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996) See more »

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Never Ending
21 March 2007 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is quite a project. There is every conceivable kind of plot development. The bad guys turn good; the good guys turn bad; they turn back again. It's about scientists messing with the realm of electricity; it's about Arab slave traders; it's about zombie black men being made bigger, their brains being canceled out. There's Gabby Hayes. The sidekick. When I was a child I sold enough subscriptions to the St. Paul Pioneer Press to go to the Minnesota State Fair and meet Gabby Hayes, along with several other boys. He was there with the late singer, Johnny Horton, and called us all a bunch of young whippersnappers. It was a high point in my life. Anyway, it was kind of cool to see the old guy, with his scruffy beard, playing a pretty significant role. I'm not going to take this apart. It wouldn't be fair. It had to have been made up from one day to the next. I wondered how long that old scientist would survive being picked up and carted around. Everything is so hammy. Still it's a bit much, even for a serial. By the end you feel like you've been on a roller coaster and need a program to figure the whole thing out. I did enjoy William "Stage" Boyd and his manic throwing orders around. Also, the strong man in the sparkly suit (who was continuously incompetent) was real kick. It certainly was an interesting few hours.


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