The Lost World

Arthur Co­nan Dull

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Re­lease Date: 1 June

1960 | PG | Blu- ray/ DVD Direc­tor: Ir­win Allen Cast: Michael Ren­nie, Claude Rains, Jill St John, David Hedi­son, Richard Haydn

Sir Arthur

Co­nan Doyle’s 1912 novel The Lost World had pre­vi­ously been filmed in 1925 in what was a pretty swish pro­duc­tion for the time. This 1960 ver­sion marked the be­gin­ning of a decade of schlocky sci- fi out­put, mainly on the small screen, for for­mer mag­a­zine edi­tor Ir­win Allen; his Lost World is ex­actly the sort that’d turn up in se­ries such as The Time Tun­nel and Land Of The Gi­ants.

We’re a while get­ting there, though. We start in Lon­don, where grumpy Pro­fes­sor Chal­lenger ( Claude Rains) is telling a scep­ti­cal bunch of journos that he’s found pre­his­toric life in the Ama­zon. A band of vol­un­teers even­tu­ally set off for the other side of the world with him – 45 min­utes in we glimpse a di­nosaur. Ex­cept, this be­ing a cheap Ir­win Allen pro­duc­tion, th­ese “dinosaurs” are mainly mag­ni­fied lizards, with plas­tic spikes and horns glued to them. It’s a won­der that scenes where the rep­tiles do com­bat, seem­ingly rip­ping lumps out of each other, didn’t at­tract the ire of the RSPCA.

Lumps are also ev­i­dent else­where, no­tably the script. Fol­low­ing the pro­tracted in­tro­duc­tion the ac­tion un­folds in stodgy fash­ion, the stereo­typed char­ac­ters act­ing in en­tirely pre­dictable fash­ion ( best to look upon it as just an old- fash­ioned kids’ adventure). It even has one of those end­ings where a group of char­ac­ters all si­mul­ta­ne­ously laugh. Bless!

None. Rus­sell Lewin Scenes of David Hedi­son bat­tling a gi­ant spi­der later turned up in Ir­win Allen TV se­ries Voy­age To The Bot­tom Of The Sea.

Barry knew some­thing felt dif­fer­ent this morn­ing but couldn’t quite put his fin­ger on it.

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