Sunday, April 5, 2009

THE LOST WORLD / Irwin Allen - 1960 / Music by Bert Shefter & Paul Sawtell (No Longer Available)

Wow, what a cast!!.. Michael Rennie, Jill St. John, David Hedison, Claude Rains and Fernando Lamas. Fernando even sings in this one... Oh, those Latin lovers! Jill's pooch didn't make the credits, though! In 1960, Irwin Allen relies on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for this spectacular story, and, that same year, George Pal releases his awesome THE TIME MACHINE by H. G. Wells. A very good year, if you were there... Like us!

Dungeon veterans Bert Shefter and Paul Sawtell got this assignment to create music from a Lost World, and, did a great job as usual!.. Between the two of them, they had 391 composing credits, mostly by Sawtell, and did both movies and TV!

So, let's get lost!.. Irwin Allen's Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's THE LOST WORLD!

Our stills are not the highest quality tonight, but, there's plenty of nice eye candy, nonetheless!

We totally love Claude Rains, but, I have to say, I think one of the biggest casting blunders was Claude playing Larry's father in THE WOLFMAN. That one always bothered me for some reason! He's great playing a cantankerous old professor like Challenger, here, or Professor Benson in BATTLE OF THE WORLDS, same year!

Let the exploitation begin!


Holy crap, look at that freaking giant psychedelic colored tarantula!!

Of course, trigger-happy Michael Rennie kills it, in it's own home!

This shot is amazing, as the two 'dinosaurs' wrestle and fall off a cliff and disappear into the darkness!! Still, its disturbing to think about potential animal abuse, getting a shot.

A Lost World wouldn't be complete without tribal caveman cannibals, would it?!

Oh, and, a man-eating terror vine!

"Hey, it tickles!"

Nobody should be surprised when Fernando sacrifices his life to save the exploiting white people's asses at the end! I mean, nothing else makes sense, could it?!

That's not even the biggest explosion! Anyway, The Lost World is lost, again!

This part's a crack up! Get it!.. The porcelain egg is inadvertantely dropped to reveal a tiny baby dino! Challenger quips... "Its a Tyranosaurus Rex!"

Tune in tomorrow when Eegah!! will blow you away with... TWO LOST WORLDS!! Then, next Sunday I'll have another 'WORLD' to show you!!


prof. grewbeard said...

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RODAN! said...

We totally appreciate your patronage, too, Prof. Grewbeard!!

buzz said...

I was soooooooooooooo disappointed with this film when it came out and tried to pass off iguana, aliogators, and komono dragons as dinosaurs (I was 6, my heart hadn't been broken by Hollywood yet). Somebody oughta cut out the lizards and substitute the O'Brien-Harryhausen dinos from THE ANIMAL WORLD, which Allen also produced.

Allen was fond of re-using stock footage, so he built not one but TWO episodes of VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA around David Hedison's scenes in this film (one for the black and white season, the other for a later color season). Even wrote new scenes for the TV show to explain why Hedison changed out of his Navy uniform into a safari jacket.

Anonymous said...

Irwin Allen also used footage from this in Lost in Space, Time Tunnel, and Land of the Giants! He was thrifty if nothing else! Haha!

Funny though, how people over the years bash Allen for using lizards in place of dinosaurs, but the same technique gets a pass when discussing Journey to the Center of the Earth. Anti-Irwin Allen haters abound in fan's never been popular to enjoy and/or defend his TV shows or movies...oh well! Irwin laughed all the way to the bank! Life goes on...even though Irwin's been RIP since 1991!

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