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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 Bruce evade Zolok's "destroying rays" and stop his dreams of world conquest?
High-Voltage Action! Electrifying Thrills! Thunderbolt Drama!
Also Known As:
Title: Lost City, The
Release Date: March 06, 1935
Runtime: 240 mins
All Genres: Sci-Fi
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 5.6
Buried.com Rating: 6.6 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With L
MPAA Rating: Passed
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 ...Jerry Delaney
Milburn Morante ...Chet Andrews [Chs. 1, 4, 5, 8-10]
Margot D'Use ...Rama, Queen of the Wangas [Chs.8-11] (as Margot...
Jerry Frank ...Appollyn
Ralph Lewis ...Prof. Reynolds [Chs.1-4]
William Millman ...Dr. Colton [Chs.1-5] (as Wm. Millman)
Gino Corrado ...Sheikh Ben Ali [Chs. 5-7]
Sam Baker ...Hugo, lead giant
Everett Brown ...Boyo, a Giant [Chs. 1-2, 10-12]
Edwards Davis ...Scientist [Ch. 1]
Curley Dresden ...An Arab
Henry Hall ...The General [Ch.1]
Eric Mayne ...Scientist [Ch. 1]
Sherman S. Krellberg
George M. Merrick
Perley Poore Sheehan
More Movie Taglines:
- High-Voltage Action! Electrifying Thrills! Thunderbolt Drama!
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Some of the electric gizmos created by Ken Strickfaden had been used at Universal for Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935).
Two different feature versions of this serial were released theatrically in 1935. See The Lost City (1935/II) and The Lost City (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).
Racing to complete his serial before Mascot finished The Phantom Empire (1935), producer Sherman S. Krellberg used three production units, thereby slicing production time from the scheduled 35 days to 21.
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