Great Stupid Movie Coming - Lost Continent (1951)

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  1. alan halvorson

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    I am a sucker for stupid movies that feature dinosaurs, however badly they're done. 1951's Lost Continent featuring Cesar Romero, Hugh Beaumont (you know - Beaver's dad) and some other character actors which you ought to recognize, certainly qualifies.
    Here's a plot summary: A missile goes awry and lands on a South Pacific island (I'll give something away here because I just can't believe the stupidity - you would expect that a missile hurtling towards the earth would be utterly destroyed upon impact. Not so here - it sticks in the ground like an arrow!). A team, led by Cesar Romero, is dispatched to locate and retrieve the data it collected. They find that the missile has landed on a plateau on an island. When they reach the top, they find a strange land inhabited by prehistoric monsters (forturnately, no lizards with attachments). Adventures ensue. It ends with your standard earthquake.
    This used to be a Saturday morning staple when I was a kid in the fifties. It hasn't been shown much since, but I was able to make a copy the last time it was broadcast many years ago. Unfortunately, I copied it to Beta. My Beta machine broke long ago and I decided not to repair/replace it and so I was out.
    But now, it's coming to dvd! Here's a quote from Dvd Price Search:
     
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    This is on my "must buy" list along with The Crawling Eye which is also coming out in December.
    The stupidest dinosaur movie on DVD has got to be Dinosaurous. Any movie that has a caveman running away scared from a flushing toilet and a woman in hair rollers has got to be on the top of the list.
    Unknown Island is also a fun movie on DVD, mainly because seeing a Allosaurous fighting a giant ape is right up there in great screen match-ups.
    [Edited last by Jay E on October 04, 2001 at 07:49 AM]
     
  3. alan halvorson

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    Yeah, Unknown Island is a treasure - unbelievably dumb. That Allosauraus is bolt upright too, so obviously a guy in a suit, and moves so slowly my grandmother with a walker could outrace it. You gotta love it.
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    [Edited last by alan halvorson on October 04, 2001 at 09:49 AM]
     
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    Sounds like fun!
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    Now if only they were releasing the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version of Lost Continent...
    "Look, Joel: rock climbing."
    I'm not sure how much appeal the original film has for me without Joel and the 'bots.
    doug
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    gee, that reminds me....I hope we see THE LAND UNKNOWN, and Irwin Allens
    THE LOST WORLD(1960), both 'scope pictures on DVD one of these days...
    both stoopid, but fun... [​IMG]
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  7. alan halvorson

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    The Land Unknown is already on a cheap dvd. 1960's Lost World would be a gas also, but, unfortunately, they used the "lizard with attachments" technique and thus it doesn't rank quite as high with me.
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    'Lizards With Attachments' was also the technique used in Journey To The Center Of The Earth, but I got kind of a kick out of it....I wonder if the back fin of real dimetrodons swayed back and forth like that......
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    Maybe we should start a 'Lizards With Attachments' thread [​IMG]
     

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