Lost Horizon Overview:

Lost Horizon (1937) was a Adventure - Drama Film directed by Frank Capra and produced by Frank Capra and Harry Cohn.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by James Hilton published in 1933.

Academy Awards 1937 --- Ceremony Number 10 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActorH. B. WarnerNominated
Best Art DirectionStephen GoossonWon
Best Film EditingGene Havlick, Gene MilfordWon
Best Music - ScoringColumbia Studio Music Department, Morris Stoloff, head of department (Score by Dimitri Tiomkin)Nominated
Best PictureColumbiaNominated
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In Defense of the Musical Lost Horizon

By Rick29 on Apr 29, 2019 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

A glimpse of Shangri-La. It was a boxoffice bomb and savaged by critics. It barely recouped 25% of its budget, leading the movie industry to label it "The Lost Investment." Time hasn't been kind to it. Rather than becoming a cult film, it has been lambasted in books such as The Fifty Worst Films of... Read full article


PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES: FRANK CAPRA'S "LOST HORIZON"

By The Lady Eve on Oct 20, 2015 From Lady Eve's Reel Life

Frank Capra's wistful 1937 fantasy, Lost Horizon, begins dramatically with a chaotic mob scene at an airfield in war-torn Baskul, China, highlighted by a spectacular explosion and fire. In the midst of the fray, British diplomat Robert Conway (Ronald Colman) is managing the evacuation of 90 Westerne... Read full article


PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES: FRANK CAPRA'S "LOST HORIZON"

By The Lady Eve on Oct 20, 2015 From Lady Eve's Reel Life

Frank Capra's wistful 1937 fantasy Lost Horizon begins dramatically with a chaotic mob scene at an airfield in war-torn Baskul, China, highlighted by a spectacular explosion and fire. In the midst of the fray, British diplomat Robert Conway (Ronald Colman) is managing the evacuation of 90 Westerners... Read full article


PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES: FRANK CAPRA'S "LOST HORIZON"

By The Lady Eve on Oct 20, 2015 From Lady Eve's Reel Life

Frank Capra's wistful 1937 fantasy, Lost Horizon, begins dramatically with a chaotic mob scene at an airfield in war-torn Baskul, China, highlighted by a spectacular explosion and fire. In the midst of the fray, British diplomat Robert Conway (Ronald Colman) is managing the evacuation of 90 Westerne... Read full article


Lost Horizon (1937)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 14, 2015 From 4 Star Films

Certainly this is not the most well known or the best film of Capra. It is in fact quite different from a lot of his filmography. That is not to say that it is not an enjoyable film about a man who finds a little piece of Utopia called Shangri-La. Ronald Colman was certainly a likable fellow in the ... Read full article


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High Lama: It is the entire meaning and purpose of Shangri-La. It came to me in a vision, long, long ago. I saw all the nations strengthening, not in wisdom, but in the vulgar passions and the will to destroy. I saw the machine power multiplying, until a single weaponed man might match a whole army. I foresaw a time when man, exalting in the technique of murder, would rage so hotly over the world, that every book, every treasure, would be doomed to destruction. This vision was so vivid and so moving, that I determined to gather together all things of beauty and of culture that I could, and preserve them here, against the doom toward which the world is rushing. Look at the world today. Is there anything more pitiful? What madness there is! What blindness! What unintelligent leadership! A scurrying mass of bewildered humanity, crashing headlong against each other, propelled by an orgy of greed and brutality. A time must come my friend, when this orgy will spend itself. When brutality and the lust for power must perish by its own sword. Against that time, is why I avoided death, and am here. And why you were brought here. For when that day comes, the world must begin to look for a new life. And it is our hope that they may find it here. For here, we shall be with their books and their music, and a way of life based on one simple rule: Be Kind! When that day comes, it is our hope that the brotherly love of Shangri-La will spread throughout the world. Yes, my son; When the strong have devoured each other, the Christian ethic may at last be fulfilled and the meek shall inherit the earth.
Robert Conway: I understand you father.


High Lama: I wanted to meet the Conway who in one of his books said: "There are moments in every mans life, when he glimpses the eternal". That Conway seemed to belong here.


Robert Conway: Mr. Chang, if you don't mind, I think I'll go on being amazed - in moderation go course...


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The Lamasery set was, at the time, the largest single standing set in terms of square feet built for a motion picture of the sound era. The set was built on the Columbia ranch in Burbank with the rear of the Lamasery backing up to the intersection of Verdugo Avenue and Hollywood Way.
Despite the persistent rumor that Walter Connolly was tested for the role of the High Llama was vehemently denied by Capra. Only two actors were considered for the role before Jaffe. English actor A. E. Anson was actually tested but died two days after the it was made. Henry B. Walthall was scheduled to be tested but died before one could be made. The third test was of Jaffe, and he got the part. Capra has been quoted as saying that Connolly was considered for the Thomas Mitchell role, but was committed to another project. Capra added that Connolly and Charles Laughton, who was also rumored for the part, were both too fat to play a two-hundred-year-old ascetic.
The Aircraft shown in the movie is a Douglas DC-2.
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