Lost CityCinematic Lost Civilizations

    Part III continued, Alphabetical L thru Z:
    Miscellaneous Lost Races & Hidden Kingdoms in films, serials, animation & television productions other than those inspired by H. Rider Haggard or Edgar Rice Burroughs


  1. LAND OF THE LOST. 1974-76. NBC television children's series with forty-three episodes in three seasons, with only the first season at all well done (as cartoony live action goes). Apparently the lost world of dinosaurs exists in a time vortex at the bottom of a waterfall in the park. Ranger Rick & his annoying kids Will & Holly fall in & can't get out. Besides dinosaurs they meet a hairy missing-link ape-people called the "Pakuni" & an advanced Amerindian-type race of "Sleestacks." They eventually also meet up with abominable snowmen & creature-of-the-lagoon style amphibian people. The theme was recycled in a second series also called Land of the Lost (1991-1992), a comedy version with 26 episodes in its two seasons, about a modern day family stuck in a Lost World of dinosaurs, prehistoric people, & evil lizard-men. There was also an animated equivalent by Hanna-Barbara called Valley of the Dinosaurs (1974-1975). The set up for the series was that a family & their dog while exploring the Amazon jungle were sucked down a whirlpool into a world of dinosaurs & cave people. If you're eight or nine years old all three series might be of interest.

    THE LAND UNKNOWN. 1957. See under "Lost World also-rans."

    THE LAST CANNIBAL WORLD. 1977. Also known as The Last Survivor. See Ultimo Mondo Cannibale.

  2. LAST OF THE DOGMEN. 1995. Directed by Tab Murphy. A Canadian bounty hunter (Tom Berenger) & an anthropologist (Barbara Hershey) discover Cheyenne Indians hidden & unchanged in a self-contained valley in the Oxbow of Montana. A beautifully done film if you can overlook the fact that such undiscovered valleys in the late twentieth century are not as plausible as they were a century ago. You can go camping in the most godforsaken corner of the Rockies & still get woken at dawn by jets passing overhead. But how lovely if traditional Cheyenne did thrive unnoticed somewhere.

    THE LAST SURVIVOR. 1977. Also known as The Last Cannibal World. See Ultimo Mondo Cannibale.

    LEGEND OF THE CHAMPIONS. See The Champions

  3. THE LONE RANGER & THE LOST CITY OF GOLD. 1958. Directed by Lesley Selander. In this feature film with the television show's stars Clayton Moore & Jay Silverheals, the Lone Ranger & Tonto seek a lost city of treasure.

    THE LORELEI'S GRASP. 1973. See Garras de Lorelei.

    THE LOST CITY. 1920. Directed by E. A. Martin. 15-chapter silent film serial which I am not certain survives in its entirety, but the feature film version is available in the video market; see under The Jungle Princess.

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  4. THE LOST CITY. 1934/5. Directed by Harry C. Revier, this 12-chapter serial stars serials regular Kane Richmond as heroic inventor Bruce Gordon who among so many other twists & events discovers the hidden city of Liguria ruled by a ruthless Ayesha-like queen (Margo D'Use) inside a gigantic magnetic mountain in Central Africa, inhabited by a people whose super-science threatens the world. The still shown at the right depicts "giant zombies" from this film. William "Stage" Boyd plays mad scientist Zolok, & Gabby Hayes plays a renegade trader. The serial is so awful that the sheer badness makes it fun. Two separate cut-down feature versions are also available: The Lost City (1935) is 70 minutes derived from the first four chapters only, but City of Lost Men (1935) at 78 minutes is condensed from the whole serial. A later version shown as The City of Lost Men (about 1940) was 100 minutes consisting of chapters one through four (as with the first feature version) plus material from chapter twelve. Apparently yet another version is 135 minutes The East Side Kids: The Lost City (1935) recently advertised in video release as the very first "East Side Kids" movie though lacking any of the actors associated with the East Side Kids. Reportedly a novelisation was issued in 1935, but I don't know of such a book.

    THE LOST CITY. 1958. See under Tiger von Eschnapur.

    THE LOST CITY. 1982. Directed by Robert Dukes. Starring David Cain Haughton & Bernadette Clark. Treasure-hunters find a lost city ruled by beautiful queen.

  5. THE LOST CITY. 1995. Archaeologists searching for a lost city in Egypt find more than they expected. Further details not yet found.

  6. LOST CITY OF THE JUNGLE. 1946. 13-chapter Universal serial directed by Ray Taylor & Lewis D. Collins. Starring Jane Adams, Lionel Atwill (who died during the filming), Dick Curtis, John Eldredge, Sam Flint, Russell Hayden, Frank Lackteen, Keye Luke, Ralph Lewis, Keye Luke, John Miljan, & Arthur Space. Agent Rod Stanton (Hayden) encounters a hidden jungle city in Africa, while pursuing the secret of a rare element protected by the Glowing Goddess that can neutralize the A-bomb.

  7. THE LOST CONTINENT. 1968. Also known as Lost Island or The People of Abrimes. Directed by Michael Carreras for Hammer. A wrecked steamship in the Sargasso Sea discovers a mad society descended from Spaniards shipwrecked in the age of the Conquistadors, at war with a society descended from the Puritans. Misty scenes within the snare of tentacled man-eating seaweed are surprisingly evocative & even the goofy Godzilla-esque giant crab vs giant scorpion battle sequence is an edge-of-the-seater. The story idea had been abroad for a century in such books as Frank Ash's The Black Opal (1915) & Julius Chambers' In Sargasso (1896). The novel this film was inspired by was Dennis Wheatley's Uncharted Seas (1950). The letterbox video includes a few minutes not in the film release. Enjoyable.

  8. LOST EMPIRE. 1984. Directed by Jim Wynorski. A poor parody that mixes sword & sorcery, softcore porn, & jungle island adventure so it's difficult to tell if it's the past, present, or future. Angus Scrimm plays a Fu Manchu type villain seeking the Eye of the Avatar created by the lost race of Lemurians. The action is set on a Pacific Island inhabited by a tribe of women warriors played by a number of semi-naked babes (Melanie Vincz, Raven de la Croix &c). Also featuring Angela Aames & Paul Coufos.

  9. LOST HORIZON. 1937, Columbia Pictures. Frank Capra's timeless classic of an immortal race in the paradise of Shangri-la, founded on the 1933 novel by James Hilton. Starring Ronald Coleman & Jane Wyatt with a remarkable supporting cast including Edward Everett Horton, Sam Jaffe & exotic "Margo." The hidden, mystic race is immortal for so long as they do not step foot outside of Shangri-la.

  10. LOST HORIZON. 1973. A remake of the Capra classic, starting off with scene-for-scene reconstruction, but when they arrive at Shangri-la the annoying Hal David & Burt Bacharach songs ruin it. Great cast though. Charles Boyer fills in for Sam Jaffe as the high lama & Peter Finch is a so-so stand-in for Ronald Coleman. Other often wasted though lovely players include Olivia Hussy, John Gielgud, Sally Kellerman, Liv Ulman & Michael York. The film was long left to rot as unimportant but was in the 1990s restored & made available on laser disc.

    THE LOST ISLAND. 1968. Variant title of The Lost Continent, which see.

    THE LOST ISLAND OF KIOGA. 1961. Retitled television version of the 1939 serial Hawk of the Wilderness, which see.

  11. THE LOST ISLANDS. 1976, Australia, shot partially in Fiji. 26-episode half-hour television series created by Michael Laurence from an original series concept by Roger Mirams. In Episode 1 a cruise ship taking an international group of children around the world meets hurricane disaster. When the children are rescued, five are inadvertantly left behind. Those five end up on an unknown island with a castaway culture ruled by a 200 year old masked tyrant called Q who has extended his nasty life with a secret herb. In episode 2 we find out the society is descended from survivors of a wrecked prisoner-ship. As episodes progress we're treated to a cross between The Prisoner for kids, & Gilligan's Island without the jokes. The kids never do escape their new world, but in the last episode the revolution overthrows Q & a new presumedly freer order begins. In Australia the first three episodes were first shown as a pilot movie.

  12. THE LOST JUNGLE. 1934. Directed by Armand Schaefer & David Howard. Famed animal trainer Clyde Beatty playing himself arrives by dirigible at an uncharted tropical island, where he & his expedition get into all kinds of jungle doings. The lost race element is marginal; the aboriginals of the island are dubious as a lost race entry, but the warlike ape population just about qualifies for a missing link race. There's a visit to the ruins of a lost city, but the dialogue might just as well have called it the ruins of an old tourist hotel it's so pointless. Another Beatty vehicle, however, which is dead-center for Lost Race adventure is Darkest Africa which see.

  13. LOST TREASURE OF ATLANTIS. 1994. An episode of the television series MacGyver. Directed by Michael Vejar. McGyver (Richard Dean Anderson) & his former college professor (Oliver Ford Davies) seek relics of Atlantis once belonging to the ancient Atlantean scientist Zenon.

  14. THE LOST TRIBE. 1949. Directed by William Berke. Starring Johnny Weismuller, Elana Verduga as the native girl, blonde Myrna Dell as the damsel in distress & as villains Ralph Dunn & Joseph Vitale. "Jungle Jim" (Weissmuller) tries to help keep the location of the lost city of Dzamm secret, at the specific request of Zoron (Nelson Leigh), leader of the hidden people. When piratical sailors discover the hidden land, it's up to Jim & his army of protective gorillas to save the city. All very convincing if you're six.

  15. THE LOST TRIBE. 1983, New Zealand. Directed by John Laing. Marginal. An anthropologist vanished on a seemingly uninhabited island off the coast of New Zealand, where he had been investigating a site where a Mauri tribe was slaughtered generations before. As this horror thriller unfolds we glimpse evidence of an unchanging primitive tribe of Mauri who have remained undiscovered due (it appears) to dream-time magic. But they may only be ghosts or even a murderer's elaborate hoax; the film remains vague on all points & not half as good as the idea for it.

  16. THE LOST WORLD. 1925. Directed by Harry Hoyt & William Dowling, this silent film is even today a powerful adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's influential 1912 classic tale of an isolated South American plateau whereon dwell prehistoric man & dinosaurs. Wallace Beery stars as Professor Challenger. Bull Montana plays the ape-man. The special effects are by Willis O'Brien who also brought King Kong to life.

  17. THE LOST WORLD. 1960. Directed by Irwin Allen. Starring. Campy version with Claud Rains as Professor Challenger, Michael Rennie as Roxton, Richard Haydn as Summerlee. Pet lizards with prosthetic horns or fins are hokey enough to be wonderful stand-ins for dinosaurs.

  18. THE LOST WORLD. 1992. And its immediately sequel Return to the Lost World (1993). Canadian productions directed by Timothy Bond. John Rhys-Davies plays Professor Challenger & David Warner is Summerlee. Discovery of an isolated plateau in the Belgian Congo, with dinosaurs, & primitive humans whom Challenger assists. In the sequel set two years later (in 1914) white guys kill dinosaurs & make life miserable for the tribe. Challenger joins with the aborigines of Lost World to stop western exploitation. Both films were shot simultaneously in Zimbabwe -- an interesting change of venue since Doyle set the tale in South America, not in Zimbabwe which is more identified with Haggard's lost race tales.

  19. THE LOST WORLD. 1998. Also known as Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World. Directed by Bob Keen. Starring Patrick Bergen as Challenger. Dinosaurs & a tribe of Neanderthals found on isolated plateau in 1930s Mongolia.

  20. THE LOST WORLD. 2001, made for TV. Directed by Stuart Orme. Starring Bob Hoskins (as Challenger), James Fox (as Summerlee) & Peter Falk (as an apparently psycotic religioius fanatic). Nice New Zealand scenery posing as the lost world. Besides the stranded ancient tribes, there's a race of advanced apes.

  21. THE LOST WORLD. Or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World. Television series premiering October 1999 projecting 22 episodes, filmed in Australia, produced by John Landis. In the pilot show "The Adventure Begins" Professors Challenger (Peter McCauley) & Summerlee (Michael Sinelnikoff) & chums find their way up the Amazon to a lost world of dinosaurs & ape-men & meet orphaned jungle girl Veronica (Jennifer O'Dell). In the second episode (officially episode #1) they find an underground portion of the plateau where an advanced civilization of reptilian slavemasters have humans as slaves. "Cave of Death" (#3) introduces a Maori-like warrior race with a white jungle queen, widow of an explorer. "Salvation" (#4) features an Inquisitional race descended from Conquistadores & Aztecs. Druids turn up in "Out of Time" (#6). A terribe race imprisoned in a false paradise is found in "Paradise Found" (#7) "Creatures of the Dark" (#9) has an underground exile community ruled by a blind oracular child. "Camelot" (#12) has Arthurian survivals. In "Birthright" (#16) they find powerful archaic Egyptians. Other episodes include aboriginal groups, recurring encounters with the silly-costumed ape-men, the warrior tribe, vampires, lingering weird sciences & temple ruins of vanished peoples.

  22. LOST WORLD ALSO-RANS. Several films inspired by Conan Doyle's novel The Lost World do not include Neanderthal, CroMagnon, or isolated tribes in these hidden worlds of dinosaurs. These have been excluded as not lost-race related. Also excluded are dinosaur-&-caveman movies set in prehistoric times before they could be regarded as lost races. But some few Lost World wannabes skirt the margins of a lost people as in the case of showing amidst other preshistoric survivals a single specimen of a cave-man. These "also rans" include: Dinosaurus! (1960) directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth, Jr., & starring Ward Rasmey, Kristina Hanson & Paul Lukather. While attempting to exploit a Carribean island, dinosaurs & a Neanderthal man (Gregg Martell) are inadvertently awakened. The Land Unknown (1957) was directed by Victor W. Vogel (who directed the effective lost race cheapie The Mole People) & stars Jock Mahoney, Shawn Smith & Phil Harvey. In this first dinosaur movie filmed in color, a volcanically warmed region of Antarctica is discovered by the Navy. The missing link element comes in a passing investigation of a simian animal they call "homo sapien junior," but this is a trivial element of a trivial film. The Lost Continent (1951) directed by Sam Newfield stars Cesar Romero, John Hoyt, & Hugh Beaumont. The misnomered "continent" is a small uncharted jungle island in the Pacific complete with dinosaurs. This Lost World variant might not be remembered but that Mystery Theater 2000 breathed new life into it by making fun of its every funnable sequence. An expedition searching for a downed rocket discovers a mess of hungry dinosaurs.

    Unknown Island (1948) directed by Jack Bernhard starring Philip Reed, Richard Denning & Virginia Grey depicts a prehistoric island inhabited by dinosaurs & a missing-link ape-monster. The latter lends a marginal lost race element since we have to assume there were more such ape-folk on the island unless the only one we saw was immortal. Another oddity is Valley of the Dragons (1961) directed by Edward Bernds, & starring Cesare Danova, Joan Staley & a lot of footage recycled from One Million B.C. (1940). Based hardly at all on Jules Verne's Hector Servadac; or, Career of a Comet (1878), a comet swept over the Earth transforming it into a prehistoric world of dinosaurs & Neanderthals. Pretty hard to figure out if our heros have time-travelled or if the comet magically changed the future, but in Verne's book (wherein none of the film's premises happen) most of action takes place in a post-catastrophe future.

    For additional "Lost World" imitations that do include a fuller lost race element, see their separate entries: Dinosaur Island, Jungle Jim, Land of the Lost and Monster Island. See also the entries under Neanderthal in modern world motif.

  23. LOVE SLAVES OF THE AMAZON. 1957. Directed by Curt Siodmak. Explorers (including Don Taylor) seek a legendary tribe of yummy statuesque green-skinned Amazons.

  24. LUGGAGE OF THE GODS. 1983. Directed by David Kendall. An inartistic replay of the artful cult classic The Gods Must Be Crazy (about a Kalahari man discovering civilization after a coke bottle thrown from a plane -- something of a "reverse lost race" film). Luggage features a Neolithic tribe isolated somewhere in North America, whose first contact with the modern world is when luggage falls out of an airplane.

  25. MACISTE adventures. In Spanish & Italian wrestler epics about the lusty & heroic Maciste (in dubbed versions with frequent name changes to Samson, Atlas, Goliath, or Hercules) our muscle hero often stumbles into Lost Race environments, though the generic period settings makes them debatable as Lost Race films per se. Maciste nelle miniere di re Salomone (1964, USA titles Maciste in King Solomon's Mines & Samson in King Solomon's Mines) directed by Piero Regnoli is influenced by the Haggard classic, with Reg Park playing Maciste. In Le Gloutennes aka Maciste et les gloutonnes (1973, French title Les Exploits Èrotiques de Maciste dans l'Atlantide) directed by Jess Franco, Maciste finds Atlantis. In Maciste contre la reine des Amazones (1973, English titles Lustful Amazons & Amazon Golden Temple Maciste (or Karzan, played by Val Davis) finds a hot Amazon nation called Antigua, ruled by a Babe Queen played by Alice Arno. A few others could be stretched for inclusion, but these three exemplify the series.

  26. MALIKAT AL HOB (Queen of Love). 1973, Lebanon. Atlantis discovered.

  27. THE MAN FROM ATLANTIS. 1977. Made-for-tv movie for NBC starring Patrick Duffy as Mark Harris the gilled, webfooted Atlantean who washes ashore near death. He is the last of his race. When land humans help him recover, the Atlantean ends up something of a super secret agent for the US Navy. More feature-length episodes followed & eventually a television series. The films were Death Scouts (1977) pitting the Atlantean against water-breathing alien invaders; Killer Spoors (1977) again about alien invasion; The Disappearances (1977) pitting the Atlantean against a mad scientist. All four of these films had novelizations issued by Dell Books, plus there was a comic book series. Beginning with the fifth Man from Atlantis episode it was an hour-long television series. Mostly these continued to be science fiction spy stories & we learn very little about the undersea world where the Atlantean actually came from, though other forms of undersea sentient humanoid life are occasionally encountered. The series ended in June 1978 after only thirteen episodes (plus the four movies). It was no loss.

  28. MAN OF MIGHT. 1919. 15-chapter serial directed by William Duncan. Starring William Duncan as Dick, Edith Johnson as Polly. Among many other doings, an encounter with a violent tribe of Aztecs. The scenario was written by Albert E. Smith & fantasist Cyrus Townsend Brady, author of the lost race novel By the World Forgot (1917).

  29. THE MAN WHO MURDERED HIMSELF; aka, THE LOST TRIBE. 1971. The television "wild west" series Alias Smith & Jones had 50 episodes during its three-season run (1971-1973). The episode titled "The Man Who Murdered Himself; aka, The Lost Tribe" from the first season is of marginal lost race interest. It is about two Englishmen searching for a tribe of giant redheaded Indians rumored in the region.

  30. THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING. 1975. Directed by John Houston. A brilliant cast includes Christopher Plummer as the author Rudyard Kipling, Sean Connery as the man who would be king, Michael Caine as the maddened survivor of the horrifying adventure, Shakira Caine as the would-be king's native wife. Connery passes himself off as a descendant of Alexander the Great in order to take over an ancient, secret cult from which all Masonic orders are descended, & whose gargantuan city is unknown to the outside world. A great movie, for which there was a crappy novelization (by Michael Hardwick) without regard for Kipling's original story.

  31. MANHUNT IN THE JUNGLE. 1958. Directed by Tom McGowan, based on the autobiographical novel Manhunting in the Jungle by George M. Dyott, who was involved with an earlier version purporting to be a true story, Savage Gold in which Dyott played himself. Manhunt starred Robin Hughes (as Dyott) & James Wilson as the colonel. Search for a lost archeologist & for the treasure of the lost city of El Dorado in the interior of Brazil.

  32. MANOA, LA CIUDAD DE ORO. 1996, Spain. In English, "Manoa, the Golden City." Directed by Juan Piquer Simon. Starring Frank Bruno & Cristina Cavallaro. Lost city of gold in South America.

  33. MARDIS GRAS MASSACRE. 1978. Directed by Jack Weis. Marginal. An Aztec priest stalks prostitutes to sacrifice to the goddess Coatla, Queen of Evil, in the old Aztec tradition of ripping out their beating hearts. Starring Curt Dawson & Laura Misch.

    MEN WITH STEEL FACES. A re-release title of Radio Ranch the feature-length version of the 1935 Gene Autrey serial The Phantom Empire, which see.

  34. THE MIGHTY JUNGLE. 1964, US/Mexico. Directed by Arnold Belgard (African footage) & David DaLie (Amazon jungle footage). Starring Marshall Thompson, David DaLie, & Rosenda Monteros. Aztecs from a hidden city want to subject treasure-seeking outsiders to human sacrifice. Also, Lost World scenario with giant lizard.

  35. THE MOLE PEOPLE. 1956. A surprisingly good shlock cult film starring John Agar. An inhabited, ancient near eastern city has been preserved inside a volcano, where they have evolved into albinos who burn up like vampires if exposed to the sun. They have cruelly enslaved the burrowing mole people who justifiably revolt.

  36. MONSTER ISLAND. 1981, Spain. Also known as Mystery of Monster Island. Directed by Juan Piquer Simon. Starring Peter Cushing, Terence Stamp, Paul Naschy & Gerard Tichy. Inspired by Jules Verne. The tale features castaways including a sissy dance instructor (Ian Serra), cute chimp, rubber monsters, hidden treasure & cannibals all taking place an the uncharted volcanic island of the Pacific. A marginal inclusion here, for the unknown cannibal tribe.

    LA MONTAGNA DEL DIO CANNIBALE. 1978, Italian. See under Slave of the Cannibal God.

  37. MOTHRA 1961. Japanese title Mosura, directed by Inoshiro Honda. One of the best Japanese monster movies, having an entirely sympathetic monster. Mothra the gigantic moth is worshipped by a hidden Pacific island people. She was originally the guardian of this miniature race, scant inches tall, who are called the Cosmos. They once had an advanced civilization. Their remnant is threatened by atomic bomb testing.

    Two small female cantors or priestesses (twins) are stolen away from their island & taken to Japan to be unhappily exploited for their cutely freakish entertainment value singing eerily beautiful Mothra hymns. Their goddess hears their song even from across the Pacific & sets out to save them. Mothra returns in five consecutive films but little more is ever said of the Cosmo race, until the Rebirth of Mothra series 1996-98.

  38. MOTHRA 1: Rebirth of Mothra. 1996, Japan. Rebirth of Mothra series. Director: Okihiro Yoneda. The twin nymphs Moll & Lora are back, plus the bad nymph or fairy Belvera, in this revamped series for children. The usual monster vs monster stuff, with Mothra the good monster; plus a temple in the Sea of Japan, with some stuff about the sunken civilization of the Atlantean-like Nilai-Kinai.

  39. MOTHRA 2: The Undersea Battle 1997, Japan. Rebirth of Mothra series. Director: Kunio Miyoshi. The twin nymphs Moll & Lora are back, plus the bad nymph or fairy Belvera, plus a Lost City of pyramid-builders, plus a new monster, Dagahra, who'll destroy the world unless Mothra saves us all.

  40. MOTHRA 3: King Ghidora Attacks. 1998, Japan. Rebirth of Mothra series. Director: Okihiro Yoneda. More with the triad of tiny nymph-fairies. Mothra back in time to save the world in the age of dinosaurs.

  41. THE MUMMY. 1999. Directed by Stephen Sommers. Marginal for lost race content; an ancient sect of Egyptian tomb-guardians, living as warrior Bedouines, just about qualifies. For millenia they have guarded the secret of a lost desert city of tombs, wherein an evil mummy resides. The film suffers from being all special effects & too little story, & bad jokes where awe & horror would've done us better, plus pretty-boy Brendon Fraser is a dimestore Indiana Jones. The internal logic of the piece is utterly lacking (a single example of a thousand: the fiend must flee the presence of cats, so if our retarded hero had kept one with him none of the carnage that followed would've happened). But the chap who played the Mummy (Arnold Vosloo) is so damned cool the childishness of the film is defeated by him. A sequel was more of the same, except that a cameo performance by wrestler-beauty "The Rock" presaged a prequel set in Ancient Egypt, The Scorpion King, in which The Rock proves he has awesome star presence.

  42. THE MUMMY'S HAND. 1940. Directed by Christy Cobanne. A 3,000 year old priesthood with secret desert Temple of the Egyptian gods protects its ancient sorceries & tombs, including the secret of the living mummy. Most other mummy films do not include much in the way of a lingering Egyptian high culture. The exceptions are marginal: A priest evidently of an unbroken line from ancient Egypt is the culprit who revives a mummy in Reginald Le Borg's The Mummy's Ghost (1944).

  43. THE MYSTERIES OF MYRA. 1916. 15 chapter silent serial directed by Theodore & Leo Wharton. Starring Jean Sothern as Myra, Howard Estabrok as Dr. Alden, & M. W. Rale as the High Master. A cult of powerful magicians lives in a hidden underground city influencing the world with evil acts of witchcraft, levitation, astral projection, vampirism, & thought transference.

  44. LES MYSTERIEUSES CITES D'OR (THE MYSTERIOUS CITIES OF GOLD). 1983. French/Japanese animated television production, inspired by Scott O'Dell's book The King's Fifth. Set in the days of Pizarro in the New World & largely about Inca, Maya & Olmec peoples, the 39 episodes go well beyond historicity & definitely plunge into Lost Race motifs. Progressive episodes unfold an epic search for the legendary City of Gold. At various points in the saga we encounter a Mayan city inside a volcano; another ruined city accessible only through a tunnel to a hidden valley; yet another city found deep underground; a race of amazon women with their own city as well; a race of giants; Olmecs with flying machines; & finally in episode 37 the long-sought City of Gold is found underground only to be swallowed up deeper in the earth in the concluding 39th episode.

    THE MYSTERIOUS CITIES OF GOLD. 1983. See Les Mysterieuses Cities d'Or.

  45. THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND. 1929. Directed by Benjamin Christiensen & written by Lucien Hubbard, from the novel by Jules Verne. Two strips were in technicolor. Starring Lionel Barrymore, Montagu Love, Jane Daly, & Lloyd Hughes. Count Dakkar (Barrymore) has founded a technologically advanced utopian city. When things go awry there are battles with a sea serpent, a giant squid, a battle between submarines, & an encounter with an underwater city populated by an eerie unknown race of humanoids called ictholites. Some of the finest early special effects are in this film, which was reportedly the basis for a 1941 remake in Russian, Tainstvenny Ostrov directed by Eduard Pentslin, though I have too little information to know if the lost race element was retained. The best known version of the story is a 1961 adaptation with stunning stop motion animation by Ray Harryhausen & starring Herbert Lom as Captain Nemo, but the subocean lost race element is absent. There was also a 22-episode television series aired in 1995, but it is set mainly on Nemo's uninhabited island. For another version that does include lost civilization interest, see Captain Nemo & the Undersea City & Verne's related Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea plus the somewhat related Monster Island.

  46. THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND. 1951. 15-chapter serial directed by Spencer Gorden Bennet, featuring Leonard Penn as Captain Nemo. Set during the American Civil War as in the Jules Verne original, & beginning with a flight out of the South by balloon, but little beyond that resembles Verne. Amidst much else there's a conquering Princess Rulu (Karen Randle) from outer space & a savage lost race called the Volcano People.

  47. MYSTERIOUS ISLAND OF BEAUTIFUL WOMEN. 1979. Made for television film directed by Joseph Pevney, who also directed the lost race film Desert Legion. Six airmen (including Steven Keats, Clint Walker & Peter Lawford) crash on a tropical island inhabited by an all-female tribe (Jayne Kennedy as Chocolate, Kathryne Davis as Snow, Deborah Shelton as Bambi & more like that). The film has also been known as The Island of Sister Theresa.

    MYSTERY OF MONSTER ISLAND. 1981. See Monster Island.

    MYSTERY OF THE BLACK JUNGLE. 1954, German. Variant title of Black Devils of Kali which see.

    NADIA: THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER. 1990. See Fushigi no Umi no Nadia.

  48. NEANDERTHAL in modern world motif. For modern-day survival of Neanderthal, Missing Link, or cave people, see all the Lost World entries for those dwelling in isolated locals with other prehistoric survivals, & see under Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea which had a Lost World episode. For surviving tribes of such hominid species hidden nearer to civilization, see The Incredible Petrified World, Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land, King of the Congo, The Pit and Prehistoric Women. There remain after these a number of films only tangentially related to Lost Race because a mere single specimen is ever glimpsed. These films are frequently interchangeable with films about a single bigfoot (see under Sasquatch motif) & for yeti (see Abominable Snowman motif).

    Many "Cave Man" films in failing to posit the survival of the one neanderthal or troglodyte as part of a tribe or culture end up with the irrational assumption that a single specimen could make it down to our era apart from any reproducing colony. Inexplicable specimens are encountered in Freddie Francis's Trog (1970) with Joe Cornelius in the titular role & Joan Crawford in her very last unfortunate performance as a complete hysteric. Archie Hall's Eegah! (1961) gives Z-horror a bad name, about a Neanderthal who has survived in the Mohave desert since prehistory & only now has decided to kidnap a mate.

    Mad scientists experimentally induce reversal of evolution in some films. Often such films could as easily be about werewolves or gorillas & fall far short of Lost Race or even a more limited prehistoric survival. Ewald Andre Dupont's The Neanderthal Man (1954) also features an experimentally created sabortooth tiger; & Jack Arnold's Monster on the Campus (1958) has an experiment cause a youth to turn into a Neanderthal. The film that made best use of the theme of induced Neanderthalism is Ken Russell's Altered States (1980) based on the novel by Paddy Chayefsky (who was livid over the liberties taken with his story). William Hurt plays a professor whose experiments with hallucinagens & sensory deprivation, in pursuit of "racial memories," end up transforming him into a prehistoric ape-man. The mad scientist also works in reverse as in the film versions of H. G. Wells Island of Doctor Moreau. Typical are the ape-woman films starring Native American actress "Acquanetta" as the cross-species creation of mad scientist John Carradine, in Edward Dmytryk's Captive Wild Woman (1943) & in Reginald Le Borg's Jungle Woman (1944), neither one worthy of the sultry Acquanetta; a third film in the series Jungle Captive (1944) replaced Acquanetta with Vicky Lane as the Ape Girl.

    In a last area of Neanderthal also-rans, a caveman gets thawed from ice & revives. The classic of this type is Fred Schepesi's Iceman (1984) starring John Lone as the angst-ridden last Neanderthal. On the opposite end of quality is Les Mayfield's one-laugh-per-hour Encino Man (1992) about what happens when teenagers thaw out of a cave man. Bela Legosi & John Carradine discover a frozen Neanderthal (Frank Moran) in Phil Rosen's Return of the Ape Man (1944), but it soon turns into an increasingly hokey brain transplant horror little different from old brain-transplant-to-ape films.

    THE NEW ADVENTURES OF WONDER WOMAN. 1975. See under Wonder Woman, New Adventures.

    NIGHT OF THE SORCERERS. 1974. See Noche de los Brujos.

  49. LA NOCHE DE LOS BRUJOS (NIGHT OF THE SORCERERS). 1973, Spain. Directed by Amando de Ossorio. Starring Simon Andreu, Kali Hansa, Barbara King, Maria Kosti, Jack Taylor & Lorena Tower. A race of vampiric leopard women live deep in the Congo & lure women to their jungle lair in order to sacrifice them on a sacred altar. See also this director's Garras de Lorelei.

    ODEON. See The Alien from L.A.

  50. ON TOP OF THE WHALE. 1982. Dutch film initially released as Het Dak Van De Walvis. Directed by Raul Ruiz. The last two members of a lost race are discovered in Patagonia with bizarre language, betwitched mountain, & cultural remains. An elegantly surreal film.

  51. PAGAN ISLAND. 1960. Directed by Barry Mahan. A shipwrecked sailor (Eddie Dew) ends up on an island inhabited exclusively by beautiful barbaric women who make human sacrifices & have an underwater temple. Nani Maka plays Princess Nani Maka. Trine Hovelsrud plays Queen Kealoha. Plus 28 other babes, a treasure, & a woman-eating giant clam.

    THE PEOPLE OF ABRIMES. 1968. See The Lost Continent.

    A PESO D'ORO. 1987. See El Dorado alphabetically under "D."

  52. PETER BENCHLEY'S AMAZON. 1999-2000. Syndicated hour long television series. The premise is that if an airliner full of people crashed in the Amazon jungle, they would never see any hint of civilization for the rest of their lives. And that's the least of the absurdities this dourly acted but cartoonily plotted series demands the viewer to accept, which is neither campy enough to succeed on the strength of its own foolish stories, nor artful enough to succeed on the level of mysterious doom & gloom someone must've had in mind.

    The crash survivors wander week after week through a part of the jungle disconnected from the outside, wherein an incongruous European people have dwelt for generations, calling themselves "the chosen," having corrupted biblical motivations & culture, & convinced they are the last humans on Earth -- so that of course the newly arrived people are enemies of the cultural stasis of the Chosen & treated as enemies to capture & imprison, toss into pits, feed to wild animals, or otherwise hinder rather than assist in the unachievable goal of returning to civilization for a Pepsi & some fish'n'chips.

  53. THE PHANTOM. 1943. Columbia's 15-chapter serial based on the comicbook character created by Lee Falk in 1936. Starring Tom Tyler as the Phantom, & as the wolf Devil, Ace the Wonder Dog. A feature-length version was released in England. The Phantom must defend the lost jungle city of Zoloz from the Axis powers. Footage from this film was recycled in Adventures of Captain Africa, which see.

  54. THE PHANTOM. 1996. Directed by Simon Wincer. Billy Zane is the Phantom; Patrick McGoohan is his ghost-dad. Kristy Swanson is the Phantom's girlfriend, & Catherine Zita-Jones is her butch girlfriend. The story is set in 1939 & very effectively uses old-fashioned cliffhanger fantasy scenarios once commonplace to matinee serials, including the lost race motif. The superhero figure of the Phantom is the twentieth generation of a centuries-old tradition of jungle & seacoast guardians & avengers answerable to the Togunda tribe of Bengala Island, whose ancient people once possessed enormous power like unto atomic energy. In the course of the tale we also glimpse the "roof people," a race that builds its villages in jungle treetops. The tale climaxes in the depths of the earth under an active volcano, where descendants of a four-hundred year old pirate brotherhood dwell in the ancient ruins of subterranean architecture that would seem to predate the pirates' residency. Everything bad blows up in the end.

  55. THE PHANTOM EMPIRE. 1935. This 12-chapter Republican serial made Gene Autry famous. Also starring Smiley Burnett & Betsy King Ross. A condensed version was distributed as the feature film Radio Ranch, which had the re-release title Men With Steel Faces. There was a version in the 1980s cut down to 100 minutes for television still with the title The Phantom Empire. Cowboys discover a scientifically advanced warrior race & their subterranean city of Murania, a name that suggests they are all that remains from the lost continent of Mu.

  56. THE PHANTOM EMPIRE. 1984. Comedy horror/sci-fi directed by Fred Olen Ray. Starring Sybil Danning as the amazonian Queen Zal from outer space, marooned in the Hollow Earth with Robby the Robot. A group of scientists searching for the lost city of R'lyla (named for H. P. Lovecrafts horrific sunken city) encounter subterranean cannibal troglodytes, a prehistoric all-girl tribe apparently subjugated by the alien Queen Zal, & appealingly retro dinosaur effects. A typical scene in the subterranean world features Michelle Brauer (who made pornflicks under the name Pia Snow) in the role credited as "Cave Bunny" wearing a two-piece loincloth swimsuit, getting the top ripped off to bare her breasts in a fight scene. Lots of in-jokes for horror & serial fans, fun to watch if you're with a clowning group of fans, but with successful moments of humor too widely dispersed to be good watching if you're alone. Also featuring Russ Tamblyn, Ross Hagen, & that enjoyable weirdo Jeffrey Combs cast as of all things the handsome hunk.

  57. THE PIT. 1982. Directed by Lew Lehman. A school geek (Sammy Snyders), ignorantly described as "an autistic child" on the video box, discovers a pit that exposes cavern-dwelling flesh-eating troglodytes or small hairy ape-men. He first tosses candy bars into the pit, then all the raw meat he can obtain since they prefer that, & finally decides to rid the town of all the people who ever picked on him. One by one he tricks them into visiting the pit to be pushed in. Dumb story, non-acting & tedious pacing make it torture to watch.

  58. I PREDATORI DI ATLANTIDE. 1983, Italy. Known by three English titles: Raiders of Atlantis, Atlantis Inferno & The Atlantis Interceptors. Directed by Roger Franklin (actually Ruggero Deodato) & starring Christopher Connelly, Tony King, Mike Miller & Ivan Rassimov. An island inexplicably rises from the Caribbean stranding a small band of adventurers on its shores. Though the Atlanteans are armed with advanced weaponry, our adventurers don't do nearly badly enough fighting them.

  59. PREHISTORIC WOMEN. 1966. Also known as Slave Women. An African safari led by Michael Latimer discovers a hidden land of prehistoric women among whom men are regarded as inferior. The noble blonde tribe is led by Edina Ronay, a model who appeared in a couple Avengers episodes before giving up the delusion she could act to become a fashion designer instead. The blonde tribe is oppressed by the evil brunette tribe led by Queen Kari (Martine Beswick, who starred in Doctor Jekyl & Sister Hyde & was seen in Thunderball and One Million Years B.C.). Filmed on a set recycled from One Million Years B.C. Also featuring Stephanie Randall, Carol White, & Alexandra Stevenson. Written, produced & directed by Michael Carreras. There is no excuse for this film unless we assume being captured by warlike Amazon babes constitutes the director's personal sexual fantasy, in which case it makes a little sense.

    PRISONER OF THE CANNIBAL GOD. 1978. See Slave of the Cannibal God.

  60. QUEEN OF THE AMAZONS. 1946. Directed by Edward F. Finney. Starring Patricia Morison, Robert Lowery & John Miljan. A woman travels to the jungle to search for her lost fiance, but finds him in the arms of the queen of an unknown tribe of savage amazons.

  61. THE QUEST. 1996. Directed by & starring Jean Claud Van Damme. Featuring Roger Moore. Set unconvincingly in the 1920s, taking place largely in a hidden city in Tibet which is something of a cultic martial arts capital. Monks spread out through the civilized world looking for violent guys to whom to reveal the whereabouts of the place. Such fellows must find their way to the hidden city through great hardships, then beat the crap out of each other. Pretty thin.

  62. QUEST OF THE DELTA KNIGHTS. 1993. Directed by James Dodson. Tedious kiddy film with medieval knights seeking magical weapons from the lost city of Atlantis, which reference lends a most marginal lost race element.

  63. QUEST FOR THE LOST CITY. 1994. Canadian production directed by T. Jardus Greidanus. A map leads our young hero (Chritian Malcolm) to the lost civilization of Xeon ruled by Sartoris (Shane Marceau) who oversees a demonic cult. Also starring Bruce Mitchell, Roy Anderson, & a bunch of Canadian wresters playing the "Zius" race.

  64. RACE FOR ATLANTIS. 1998. This tale of the discovery of Lost Atlantis is an Imex animatronic 3-D adventure projected onto an 85-foot screen in a custom-built theater at Ceaser's Palace in Las Vegas. Not quite a movie, not quite live theater, but a curious admixture.

    RADIO RANCH. See The Phantom Empire.

    RAIDERS OF ATLANTIS. 1983, Italy. See I Predatori di Atlantide.

  65. Chandu

    RETURN OF CHANDU. 1934. Directed by Ray Taylor. 12-chapter serial starring Bela Lugosi as the heroic magician; also featuring Maria Alba & Clara Kimball. Chandu has to save Princess Nadji (Alba), last queen of Egypt, from cultic sacrifice at the hands of Ubasti worshippers who are a remnant from sunken Lemuria, who believe Nadji's blood will revive their ancient queen-goddess Ossana & draw Lemuria upward from the ocean depths. Serials were notoriously cheapo, but this one looks wonderful because it recycled the Skull Island sets built a year earlier for King Kong plus the port sets for Son of Kong.

    Two feature films were made from condensed portions of the serial & distributed under the titles Return of Chandu (1934/5) consisting of the first four chapters, & Chandu on the Magic Island (1935) of chapters five through twelve. Chandu the Magician was a long-running radio series of the 1930s & 1940s, & the film's sinister Lost Race story was also told in the multi-part 1935 radio serial The Lost Continent of Lemuria. Bela Lugosi was also in the 1932 serial Chandu the Magician but in that one he played the villain Roxor rather than Chandu, & it had no lost race element. Chandu was most recently revived, though without lost race elements, in the 1990 film Cthulhu Mansion.

  66. RETURN TO THE LOST WORLD. 1993. Canada. Immediate sequel to Timothy Bond's version of The Lost World, which see.

  67. RIDERS OF THE WHISTLING SKULL. 1936/7. Directed by Mack V. White & screenplay by Oliver Drake based on William Colt MacDonald's novel of the same title (Avon, 1934). Starring Yakima Canutt, Bob Livingston, Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Roger Williams, Max Terhune, Iron Eyes Cody & Mary Russell. A cross-genre "B" western horror film. Cowboys & a professor find the Aztec lost city of Lukachukai where Indians & living mummies guard its ancient temple, a skull-shaped cliff dwelling.

    RIO 70. 1968. Or River 70. See The Seven Secrets of Sumuru.

  68. RIVER OF DEATH. 1989. Directed by Steve Carver. Based on the novel by Alistair McLean. Starring Michael Dudikoff as John Hamilton & Robert Vaughn as a mad scientist; also featuring Donald Pleasance & Herbert Lom. The not-much-of-a-plot seems like a retread 1940s propoganda-oriented adventure film. It involves nazis, threat of plague warfare, & a lost Inca city.

  69. THE ROAD TO EL DORADO. 2000. Dreamworks animated feature directed by Will Finn, David Silverman, & Don Paul. A comedy swashbuckler of two bumbling heroes in search of El Dorado, the lost city of gold. Voicework by Armand Assante, Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Kline, Edward James Olmos, Rosie Perez.

  70. THE ROYAL HUNT OF THE SUN. 1969. Directed by Irving Lester. Screen adaptation of Peter Shaffer's play about the battle of wills between Inca god-king Atahualpa (Christopher Plummer) & the conquistodor Pizzaro (Robert Shaw) who is trying to learn the whereabouts the the hidden City of Gold. Also starring Nigel Davenport as De Soto.

    RUDYARD KIPLING'S THE JUNGLE BOOK. 1994. See under The Jungle Book.

    RUDYARD KIPLING'S THE SECOND JUNGLE BOOK: MOGLI & BALOO. 1997. Listed alphabetically under "J" with other Jungle Book adaptations.

    "S." 1955. See Half-Human.

  71. SAMSON VS. THE VAMPIRE WOMEN. 1961, Mexican. Originally titled El Santo Contra las Mujeres Vampiros. Directed by Alfonso Corona Blake & (for the USA edit) Manuel San Fernando. Masked wrestling legend Rodolfo Guzman Huerta is El Santos (aka Samson) who takes on a tribe of vampires who want to transform an innocent woman (Maria Duval) into their next queen. Lorena Velazquez plays Thorina Queen of the Vampires. Orfelia Montesco is the vampire priestess Tandra.

  72. SASQUATCH motif. Most Bigfoot or Sasquatch films do not regard a race or culture but just a single specimen of this legendary hominid, so don't quite qualify as Lost Race per se, but are tangentially related since it can usually be supposed that Big Foot is the "missing link" & where there is one there must somewhere be enough to be reproducing into the modern era. Occasionally a family group is seen, which gets a bit closer to the lost race theme. For sasquatches with evidence of family life, see separate entries for Bigfoot (1970) & Bigfoot (1987). Since they are only tangential to lost races, sasquatch films are here listed in brief; for very similar Yeti films, see under their separate entry "Abominable Snowman motif."

    Corey Michael Eubanks' Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter (1995) has a lad attempting to save his sasquatch friend from bounty hunters. Bill Rebane directed two sasquatch films: The Capture of Bigfoot (1979) set in a small community which has made a cottage industry of their sasquatch & don't really want it captured; & The Legend of Bigfoot (1982) which is part murder mystery with our Big Guy needing to be cleared of blame. Robert Vernon's made-for-tv Legend of the Desert Bigfoot (1995) is a Christian family film featuring the "Last Chance Detectives." Jay Schlossberg-Cohen's Cry Wilderness (1987) regards some bad guys tracking an ape-man in a California forest. The Revenge of Bigfoot was retitled Rufus J. Pickle & the Indian (1979) about a Texas bigfoot interferring with a bigot's desire to run an Indian off a neighbor's ranch. Ed Ragozzini's Sasquatch: The Legend of Bigfoot (1978) is a fictional documentary about scientists attempting to capture a bigfoot in the Three Sisters region of Oregon. Alan Grosland's made-for-tv The Secret of Bigfoot (1975) starred Andre the Giant in the titular role. The children's television series Bigfoot & Wild Boy (1977/8, 20 half-hour episodes) was about a feral boy (Joseph Butcher) raised by a sasquatch (Ray Young). Together they roam the Pacific Northwest wilderness stomping out polution, walloping bad guys, & helping campers in distress. The two-film cycle of fake documentaries directed by Charles Pierce The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972) & Boggy Creek II: The Legend Continues aka The Barbaric Beast of Boggy Creek (1984) are set in Arkansas. The same legend is the subject of Return to Boggy Creek (1977) but director Tom Moore made not a docudrama but a full-fledged fictional film about a misunderstood swamp hominid.

    Some sasquatches are just for laughs. Matt Gissing & Malcolm Ingram's black & white comedy Drawing Flies (1996) shows some bumbling city folk encountering a sasquatch in British Columbia. William Dear's slapstick Harry & the Hendersons (1988) is about a sasquatch in Washington state that moves in with a nice suburban family; it inspired a shortlived children's television series of the same name (1991, 24 episodes) with Kevin Peter Hall reprising his film performance as the lovable huggable Harry. Harry also seems to be the main inspiration for the two sentimentally twaddlish "baby bigfoot" films, Little Bigfoot and Little Bigfoot II: The Journey Home both filmed in 1997 & directed by Art Comancho. Marc Messenger's mocumentary Sasquatch Hunters (1997) effectively lampoons the community of cryptozoological cranks & geezers who've devoted their lives to tracking sasquatch & making models of his feet & who are constantly funding "nonfiction" bigfoot documentaries glorifying their own goofy obsession. A few gullible critics have mistaken this spoof for the real deal.

    Sasquatch-as-monster movies include J. N. Houck's The Creature from Black Lake (1976) which finds its nasty sasquatch in the Louisiana bayou; Dan & John Field's no-budget Curse of the Bigfoot (1972) retitled on video Teenagers vs. the Thing (1976) with awful new footage added, about a mummified Sasquatch guarding an Indian burial ground; James Watson's Night of the Demon (1980) with a completely mean bigfoot; & Herb Wallerstein's Snowbeast (1977) in which a peevish sasquatch goes on a rampage at a ski resort.

    SAVAGE GOLD. 1933. No director wanted the credit. About a search for a lost archeologist in a South American jungle, this is a bad piece of pulp fiction pawned off as a documentary. See under the remake Manhunt in the Jungle (1958) which is only slightly less marginal.

  73. SAVAGES. 1972. Written & directed by James Ivory. An intelligent satire about a band of Stone Age people who discover an empty mansion & are slowly infected by the fripperies of civilization. At times reminiscent of Luis Bunuel.

    SEA CREATURES. 1973. Alternate title for Beyond Atlantis which see.

  74. SEA QUEST. 1993-1996 three-season television series set in the oceans of the future, featuring extraterrestrials, undersea colonies, a genetically engineered laborer race, & prehistoric sea monsters; but what about ancient Atlanteans? Episode 19 from the first season, "Abalon," was close with no cigar, featuring Charlton Heston as a scientist who created a new race of aquatic humans. In the second-season's Episode 34, "Lostland," cursed relics of lost Atlantis are discovered, but no living Atlanteans. That, alas, is as close as this juvenile stinker of a series ever came. The show was invariably boring, with the talking dolphin having more "character" than most of the actual actors, & even the competently posing Roy Scheider appears justifiably embarrassed & humiliated since he'd naively thought he was signing on for something a bit less ridiculous.

    THE SECOND JUNGLE BOOK. 1997. Full title Rudyard Kipling's The Second Jungle Book: Mogli & Baloo, listed alphabetically under "J" with other Jungle Book adaptations.

  75. THE SECRET KINGDOM. 1997. Directed by David Schmoeller. Starring Billy O., Jamieson K. Price, & Tricia Dickson. Kids find a miniature city underneath the kitchen sink & must restrain the tiny inhabitants from waging war on one another. A similar premise is treated in The Shrunken City released the same year.

  76. THE SECRET OF THE ICE CAVE. 1989. Directed by Radu Gabrea. Featuring Michael Moriarity & Sally Kellerman in the minimal adult roles, starring teen actors David Mendenhall & Marcia Christie. Kids adventure in a Guatamalan jungle, searching for the blue diamonds of a recently vanished race who were brothers to the Incas. The boy is an American; his girlfriend is a half-aborigine whose deceased mother was the last living member of the tribe in question. We are told the tribe refused to be modernized & continued to live by the old ways until eradicated in the 1960s.

    For a kiddy film, there's a lot of pointless killing on the part of cartoony bad-guys. Even the boy gets to kill someone in a rather cavalier manner shoving him out of an airplane. All rather like Disney on cocaine. The marginal lost race interest is not developed. Indeed, the most we see of Guatamalan aboriginal life of any kind is a brief sequence with the reportedly "most violent" of the tribes which does nothing but watch television in a claptrap house. The behind-credits song begins with lyrics about a "secret land that time forgot" which suggests a lost race film was indeed intended though not filmed.

  77. SECRETS OF THE PHANTOM CAVERNS. 1984. Re-released as What Waits Below (1985). Starring Richard Beauchamp & Lisa Blount. An albino race, remnant of Lemuria, is discovered deep within subterranean caverns in South America.

  78. THE SEVEN SECRETS OF SUMURU. 1968, Spain/Germany. Released in Spain as La Ciudad sin Hombres, in Germany as Die Sieben Manner der Sumuru, in the US as Rio 70, edited for television as Future Women, & also known as River 70. Directed by Jesus Franco. Based on the "female Fu Manchu" character created by Sax Rohmer. Shirley Eaton stars as Sumuru, the barbaric leader of an Amazon tribe from the hidden city of Femina. Also featuring Walter Rilla, Richard Wyler, Marta Reves, Maria Rohm, Walter Pidgeon & George Sanders in his last performance, playing the sadistic Great White Hunter.

    Sumuru's name is rendered Sumitra in some prints because the Rohmer estate was not tickled by the unauthorized film. The American edit removes about ten minutes of torture of sex & replaces it with about five minutes of stock footage of Rio de Janeiro, rendering this poor film even less interesting. Seven Secrets is roughly a sequel to die Tochter des Satans (The Million Eyes of Sumuru,1967) aka The Slaves of Sumuru also starring Shirley Eaton in the titular role, & featuring Frankie Avalon & George Nader, but this time the lost race connection is not made for her Amazon cult.

    SHARAD OF ATLANTIS. 1966. A condensed television version of the 1936 serial Undersea Kingdom, which see.

  79. THE SHRUNKEN CITY. 1997. Directed by Ted Nicolaou. Starring Agnes Bruckner, Michael Malota, Steve Valentine, Jules Mandel & Ray Laska. Marginal. At a construction site, two kids find a bottle with an incredibly tiny city in it & must protect it from interdimensional harm.

  80. SHE-GODS OF SHARK REEF. 1956. This Roger Corman American International film barely exceeds an hour length. It was shot in Kauai, Hawaii, where the 1976 the remake of King Kong & many other adventure or horror films have been shot, not to mention most of the stock footage that came in handy for Gilligan's Island. Two men are shipwrecked on an island inhabited by gorgeous pearl-diving women who get their kicks performing maiden sacrifices to a stone idol. One of the men (Bill Cord) saves a native girl (Lisa Montell) from sacrifice while his chum, an escaped convict (Don Durante), plots to steal the women's pearls.

    DIE SIEBEN MANNER DER SUMURU. See The Seven Secrets of Sumuru.

  81. SHIN KAITEI GUTAN. 1995 animated television series based on the 1963 live-action feature Atragon (see above). Two episodes have been released in the US on video as Super Atragon. It is the story of the surface world's war with an undersea remnant of the lost continent of Mu.

    SLAVE GIRLS. 1966. See Prehistoric Women.

  82. SLAVE OF THE CANNIBAL GOD. 1978, Italian; original title La Montagna del Dio cannibale. Also shown as Prisoner of the Cannibal God. Directed by Sergio Martino. In an uncharted region of the New Guinea jungle, a woman (Ursula Andress) & her brother (Claudio Cassinelli) set out with Stacey Keach as their guide in search of Ursula's missing husband. They stumble across a tribe of cannibals with nasty results. Marginal since the discovered tribe is bizarre more likely from the script's racist assumptions about aborigines than from mysterious origins.

  83. THE SLIME PEOPLE. 1959. Laughably directed by Robert Hutton, & starring Hutton along with Susan Hart & Les Tremayne. A Z-monster movie about invaders from the Hollow Earth who are part human & seemingly part algae & who have a technology permitting them to generate a protective fog as they storm Los Angeles.

    SQUADRON OF DOOM. 1936. Condensed feature-release title of the serial Ace Drummond, which see.

  84. STANLEY IN AFRICA. 1915. 7-episode serial directed by Frank Montgomery. Each of the seven two-reel episodes tells a complete story, including lost race bits. Episode two regards a hidden city, episode three is about the White King of the Zaras, & episode six is about a Voodoo tribe. See also the 1922 serial With Stanley in Africa.

  85. SUB-MARINER. 1966, 1982, 1994, 1999. Comic book hero created in the 1940s by Bill Everett, Sub-Mariner is the heroic alter-ego of Prince Namur from the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. He appeared in the 1966 syndicated animated television series The Marvel Superheroes of which thirteen stories were devoted to Sub-Mariner, some of which, including "Atlantis Under Attack" "Conqueror a Crown" & "Doctor Doom's Day," are available on video. Sub-Mariner the Atlantean Prince also appears in two episodes of the NBC cartoon series The Incredible Hulk & The Amazing Spider-Man Hour (1982-83) specificially in two Spider-Man episodes, "Wrath of the Sub-Mariner!" & "Seven Little Superheroes." He was again featured in the syndicated Marvel Action Hour (1994) as a guest-star in just one Fantastic Four episode. The half-hour episode "Now Comes The Sub-Mariner" which aired on the syndicated Fantastic Four might be the same episode originally done for the Marvel Action Hour but I haven't seen a complete list of episodes to compare; one of the two Sub-Mariner episodes from The Incredible Hulk & The Amazing Spider-Man Hour was definitely recycled into a later series devoted to Spider Man. The most recent series to feature him is The Avengers (1999-2000) produced in Toronto for the Fox Kids Network. This is not an animated version of the classic spoofy spy series; the avengers are a number of comic book heroes projected twenty-five years into the future, & for the first season the Atlantean Prince puts in appearances such as in episode 6, "To Rule Atlantis." See also the similar comics-originated character, Aquaman.

    SUPER ATRAGON. Also rendered Super Atarogon. See Shin Kaeitei Gutan.

  86. SUPERMAN & THE MOLE MEN. 1951. This theatrical release was condensed & became a two-part episode of the television series starring George Reeves. The television title as first aired on 12/15/51 was The Unknown People. It's a surprisingly good tale of mole men who crawl out of the Hollow Earth by way of an oil shaft & soon need Superman's help because they're such weird little guys scaring topside folks into behaving in an unfriendly manner. A later Superman television episode with some lost race interest was Treasures Of The Incas which first aired 12/19/52. I also remember an episode in which American Indians still lived like they do in Hollywood cowboy movies & were scared into submission when Jimmy Olsen took pictures with magic flash-powder, but that was not intentionally lost race, it was just stupid.

  87. TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY. 1981-1982, a 22-episode television adventure series, aka Tales of the Brass Monkey set on one of the South Pacific islands in the fabular "Marivella" chain, about an adventuring air pilot (Stephen Collins as Jake) circa 1938. Jake's arch-enemy is the Eurasian femme fatale dragonlady Princess Koji (Marta DuBois) who rules the archipelago of Marivella; her culture & especially her army is medieval Japanese.

    The archipelego at large consists of hundreds of mysterious & uncharted islands. The tribes inhabiting these islands are equally varied & strictly of the Lost Races catagory, ranging from African pygmies to beautiful Amazons. During the Pacific war, Japan & France have laid claim to opposite ends of the island chain, providing ample opportunity for Princess Koji's machinations & manipulations. Some sample episodes of interest: "Legends are Forever" is about King Solomon's treasure, in homage to the Haggard novel, complete with a Watusi tribe "lost" in the South Pacific chain. "Trunk from the Past" is about a lost Egyptian civilization; it was combined with an episode called "Shanghaied" about the kidnapping of Princess Koji & syndicated as a movie called Curse of the Golden Monkey. "The Lady & the Tiger" takes place on an island inhabited by an isolated tribe of terroristic Amish (I'm so convinced). "A Distant Shout of Thunder" is about an island people who worship the volcano & make human sacrifices to the volcano-divinity Pele, who in Hawaii is female but this lost tribe didn't know that & thought she was a guy. "Ape Boy" though not lost race is in homage to Bomba the Jungle Boy or Tarzan, about a lad raised by island apes.

  88. TALESPIN. 1990. Disney animated series also issued in an eight-volume set of two episodes per video, originally produced for television. Inspired by their first animated feature for The Jungle Book but without Mowgli, though retaining King Louis, Baloo, & Shere Kahn. Baloo & the cub Kit are central to the action, adventuring via small private airplane. There is one episode apropos of lost races, "Search for the Lost City," included in volume 8 of the video set.

  89. TEDDY RUXPIN. 1987. Children's animated series based on toy products, with eleven episodes varying in length. In "The Treasure of Grundo" Teddy Ruxpin in his magnificent airship ends up on the mountainous unknown island of Rillonia looking for secret treasure & the Hard-To-Find-City. "Guest of the Grunges" is about the discovery of a friendly jungle race. "Teddy & the Mudblumps" involves a messy subterranean race.

  90. TERRY & THE PIRATES. 1940. Directed by James W. Horne. 15-episode serial based on the comic strip by Milton Caniff. Terry (William Tracy) seeks his father (J. Paul Jones) who vanished in an Asian jungle while in search of a Lost City & a Temple treasure. Sheila Darcy is the Dragon Lady. Mysterious Tiger-men; lost gold mine.

    THE THREE WORLDS OF GULLIVER. 1960. See alphabetically under "Gulliver."

  91. THE THUNDERBIRDS. 1964-1966 children's science fiction television series with 32 episodes starring puppets. In episode #5 "The Uninvited" (1964) the Thunderbird heroes encounter Zombites, a lost race that lives in an enormous pyramid.

    TIGER OF ESCHNAPUR. 1956. Or Tiger of Bengal. See under Der Tiger von Eschnapur immediately below.

  92. DER TIGER VON ESCHNAPUR [and] DAS INDISCHE GRABMAL. 1956 & 1958, Germany/India co-production directed by Fritz Lang, these two films are really one continuous story. These are highly debatable for Lost Race but may qualify as "Graustarkian," an imaginary kingdom, but one that is known. Even so, the film duet is included here because marketed as a "Lost City" epic.

    Der Tiger von Eschnapur (The Tiger of Eschnapur) (1956) & Das Indische Grabmal (The Hindu Tomb) (1956) were never released with English subtitles, though a horrendously condensed & dubbed version was released as Journey to the Lost City (1959), which Lang disowned as a ruined version. The film-pair remains virtually unknown to American audiences though it was internationally successful in its day & could be regarded as the last "cliffhanger" of the matinee serial variety. It is now available as a DVD set that is adequate, though one wonders what it might have been if Lang's vision hadn't been trampled. There's a good chance that any version would have been just as tedious.

    A German architect on assignment in India, Berger (Paul Hubschmid aka Paul Christian) stumbles upon a hidden jungle city with its feuding princes, man-eating tigers, & a beautiful native dancer Seetha (Debra Paget} who Berger would like to bring back to civilization, & you would too, she's so hot. Since the prince of this city has a western education & has hired western architects to build a super-tomb for Seetha, the idea that this city is "Lost" seems itself to have gotten lost.

    Seetha loves Berger too, but under penalty of entombment she is not permitted ever to leave the palace. Lots happens, not much of it interesting, though the buried city which really is a "secret" with its subterranean leper colony adds momentary spice & horror.

    The epic adventure also features Sabine Bethmann, Rene Deltgen, Luciana Paluzzi, & Fritz Lang himself. The authur, Thea von Harbou (Lang's nazi wife), is best remembered for having written Metropolis.

  93. TOMB RAIDER. 2001. Directed by Simon West. A feature based on the video game "Tomb Raider" shot partially amidst the ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. In the original script, gun-toting Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) was on a treasure quest taking her through Inca ruins & onward to a lost city of Atlantis, but Simon West who was brought in late in the development rewrote the horrible script into an even more horrible & completely generic mess, losing the specific lost race references though plenty of archeological ruins & forgotten ancient technology to blow up.

    The film just totally stinks to low hell. It's few positive reviews seem to have been inspired by it's powerful "woody factor," i.e., scrawny Angelina may not be very convincing as an athlete & fighter, but she's one hot babe, inducing a drooling Roger Ebert to give it two thumbs up. Personally, the woody factor missed me, & I wanted more of a story -- never the strongest aspect of video game premises. John Voight, Angelina's dad, plays Lara's dad. Inevitable sequel is pompously titled, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) which despite an underwater temple does not really have content apropos of this filmography.

  94. TRANSFORMERS. Japanese animation. In the sub-set of cartoons aired as Transformers: Headmasters (1987-1988) the second half of "Final Showdown on Earth" (which is the two-part concluding episode #35) has our near-future transformers visit a lost city of Atlantis. Another sub-set of cartoons was Transformers: Victory which first aired in Japan 1989-1990. In episode #30 "Terror of the Giant Tsunamis" the lost city of Atlantis again figures prominantly, when the city is raised from the ocean floor causing earthquakes throughout the world. Atlantean technology is important to the remaining two episodes in this sub-set of Transformer cartoons.

  95. TREASURE OF THE MOON GODDESS. 1987. Directed by Joseph Louis Agraz (i.e., Jose Luis Garcia Agraz). Sexy nightclub singer Lu de Belle (Linnea Quigley) has gone to the jungles of darkest Central America. She is kidnapped by pirates & transported to a the hidden underground Temple of Ixel where she is worshipped as a Moon Goddess by what must be a remnant of the classical Mayans who paint themselves completely white. The film has good moments of humor but it never makes much sense & the pointlessly meandering ending pretty much ruined what charm it did drum up along the way. Also featuring Asher Brauner, Don Calfa, & JoAnn Ayers.

  96. 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. 1985. Sixty-minute animation, inspired by Jules Verne. Captain Nemo & his crew encounter a giant squid & visit the ruins of lost Atlantis. There are several other animated versions but not all incorporate the episode amidst Atlantean ruins. See also the The Mysterious Island entries & see Fushigi no Umi no Nadia.

  97. 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. 1997. ABC television mini-series directed by Rod Hardy. A surprisingly good adaptation starring Michael Caine as Captain Nemo, Patrick Dempsey as Pierre Aronnax & Bryan Brown as Ned Land. Mad Nemo takes his unwilling passengers on an undersea odyssey that includes a visit to his deep-sea lair that incorporates the ruins of a city of Atlantis.

  98. 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. "A Crayola Kids Adventure." 1997. Directed by Michael Kruzan. A live-action adaptation of Jules Verne, from a series that purported to introduce children to classics. Captain Nemo & the kids visit the lost city of Atlantis. Starring Adam Wylie, Molly Orr, Justin Jon Ross, & Phillip Van Dyke.

  99. 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. 2003? Reportedly in development. Intended director is to be Christophe Gans. Unconfirmed stars are to be Deborah Kara Unger; Ving Rhames; Polly Walker; Udo Kier. Rumor for a while suggested Ralph Feins would play Captain Nemo but it now seems to be Billy Crudup. The premise reportedly is that Nemo wishes to take a mixed-race crew to his undersea paradise for his utopian experiment, & the ruins of Atlantis will figure into this location.

  100. ULTIMO MONDO CANNIBALE. 1977. Shown in English as The Last Cannibal World & as The Last Survivor. Directed by Ruggero Deodato. Discovery of a stone age people on the island of Mindanao. Also featuring a jungle girl played by Me Me Lay.

  101. Undersea Kingdom

    UNDERSEA KINGDOM. 1936. Directed by B. Reeves Eason & Joseph Kane, a 12-chapter Republican serial starring Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Lois Wild, Monte Blue, the likeable Smiley Burnette, William Farnum as high priest of Atlantis &, as a villain, Lon Chaney, Jr. Crash Corrigan & his crew reach Atlantis by rocket-submarine. They battle the evil Atlanteans who plan to raise their country out of the sea & dominate the earth. A version condensed to 100 minutes for television was aired as Sharad of Atlantis (1966).

    UNKNOWN ISLAND. 1948. See under "Lost Race also-rans."

    THE UNKNOWN PEOPLE. 1951. Television title of Superman & the Mole Men, which see.

  102. UNTAMED WOMEN. 1952. Directed by Merle W. & James R. Connell. World War II bomber pilots (Mikel Conrad, Morgan Jones & Mark Lowell) discover a South Seas island remnant of a lost civilization of beautiful women (Doris Merrick, Midge Ware, Autumn Rice, et al), & horny degenerated cavemen. There are also dinosaurs & man-eating plants. Bad enough to be fun.

  103. VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. 1964-1967 television series produced by Irwin Allen & based on his 1961 movie of the same title. Lost race elements were not included in the movie, but are found in a few of the television episodes either marginally or dead-on. First-season episodes (1964) include "City Beneath the Sea" (1964) regarding a subsurface city run by a mad man, but the city is a recent artificial construction; "Turn Back the Clock" in which a Lost World scenario plays out with a tropical jungle beneath Antarctica including dinosaurs & cave people; & "The Invaders" about the discovery of a subsea city with a race of humans that have been in suspended animation for fourteen-million years & have only now begun to awaken. Second-season episodes (1965) includes "Terror of Dinosaur Island" which is another Lost Worlds episode but without cave people this time. Fourth-season episodes (1967) include "The Deadly Amphibians" about an underwater race.

    WAR GODS OF THE DEEP. See City Under the Sea.

  104. WARLORDS OF ATLANTIS. 1978, UK. Directed by Kevin Connor who also directed the trilogy of Edgar Rice Burroughs hollow earth lost race films starring Doug McClure, not to mention the comic horror masterpiece Motel Hell with Rory Calhoune. Victorian scientists journey beneath the sea encountering such threats as a giant octopus & the lost city of Atlantis ruled by a powerful priestess (Cyd Charisse) & a separate race of amphibian-men. Featuring Doug McClure, Peter Gilmore, Shame Rimmer, John Ratzenberger, Michael Gothard & Dephine Briggs.

    WHAT WAITS BELOW. 1984. Re-release title of Secrets of the Phantom Caverns which see.

    WHEN THE SCREAMING STOPS. 1973. See Garras de Lorelei.

  105. THE WHITE ORCHID. 1954. Re-release title Creatures of the Jungle (1957). Directed by Reginald Le Borg. Starring Peggie Castle, William Lundigan, Rosenda Monteros, Armando Silvestre & George Trevino. Set in southern Mexico, an archeologist & photographer find a lost Toltec civilization.

  106. WHITE SAVAGE. 1943. Directed by Arthur Lubin. A fisherman has a love affair with a beautiful princess of an island culture with temple & treasure, with big earthquake finale. Maria Montez is Princess Tahia.

  107. WILD WOMEN. 1951. Directed by Donald Taylor. Early sexploitation. A hunting expedition in Africa is captured by a primitive Amazon tribe, all babes of course, interspersed with stock footage of the jungle. Anne Francis was hornswoggled into the cast.

  108. WITH STANLEY IN AFRICA. 1922. 18-chapter serial directed by William Craft & Ed Kull. All sorts of jungle adventure, including discovery of a white tribe. George Walsh is Stanley Livingston, Louise Lorraine the newspaperwoman who sets out in search of him. See also the 1915 serial Stanley in Africa.

  109. WONDER WOMAN. 1974. The first made-for-tv Wonder Woman movie was directed by Vincent McEveety & starred Cathy Lee Crosby as a blonde bombshell Wonder Woman in yellow miniskirt. This did not sit well with Wonder Woman fans who knew she should be raven-haired in a jingoistic American-flag costume, & preferably not such a sissy. Her nemesis in the film was Mr. Evil (Recardo Montalban), which pretty much conveys the age-level. But for an idea of how much worse it could have been, note that in the late 1960s the same people responsible for high-camp versions of Batman & Green Hornet produced a 4-minute short for a clownish rendering of Wonder Woman, using this to drum up producer interest in a series; but it blessedly never sold. The Cathy Lee Crosby vehicle did at least acknowledge that Wonder Woman is from an uncharted island of Amazons, & she gets to have a cat-fight with a renegade Amazon, terribly choreographed as if for Barbi dolls. The film was supposed to be a series pilot but was such a maggot-gagger that the following year a completely different pilot was made, The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, in which the mistakes of costume & hair color, if not the sissification, were repaired.

  110. WONDER WOMAN, NEW ADVENTURES OF. 1975-1979. Pilot movie plus television series starring Lynda Carter. The first season for ABC was set in the 1940s during WWII & attempted to capture some of the feeling of the original comics character created by Moulton Marston in that wartime era. In the 1975 pilot movie, airman Steve Trevor (Lyle Waggoner) finds an island in the Bermuda Triangle populated by an ancient Greek-like race of Amazons. Being informed of the Nazi threat in the world, the Amazons hold a contest & Diana wins, leaving Paradise Island with Steve in order to defend the outside world. Cloris Leachman played Queen Hippolyte in this episode, but did not return for the television series, wherein we catch only a little about Paradise Island. The exception was the two-part hence feature-length episode "The Feminum Mystique" (1976). Nazis seek the secret of the Paradise Island metal called Feminum which Wonder Woman's bulletproof bracelets & girdle are made of. Diana returns to Paradise Island when it is invaded by the Nazis. Debra Winger as Wonder Girl & Carolyn Jones as Queen Hippolyte are prominent in the Feminum episode.

    In 1977 the series moved to CBS with another feature-length season-opener. The whole nature of the program was changed, perhaps out of ratings desparation or because 1940s period sets were too costly for a cheapo show. After the Nazis were defeated the ageless Diana returned to Paradise Island to live among the Amazons (this time Beatrice Straight plays the queen). A couple decades pass before further threats to America induce the unaging Diana to once again become our nation's champion & protector of airpilot Steve Trevor, Jr., who looks so much like his daddy that Lyle Waggoner could still co-star, & never mind the rather incestuous step-mother aspect if any of this were to be deemed credible. What little charm the first season had because of its faux 1940s setting was lost in the updated second & third seasons. The image of Barbi-like Lynda Carter as Diana Prince whirling like a crazed wind-up ballarina-dolly in order to transform into Wonder Woman became one of the standing jokes or annoyances of the feminist 1970s, but children liked her, & some of them grew up to remain nostalgic Lynda Carter fans.

    WONDER WOMAN. Never? In 1996, a new Wonder Woman feature length film was announced as forthcoming from Warner Brothers, who already produced an animated version. The role was early on rumored to have been offered to Catherine Zita-Jones & even to singer Mariah Carey (nixed from all future consideration when she proved a certain lack of screen presence in "All that Glitters"), & several others. Screenplay by James R. Harnock & Eve Marie Kazaros which began the story on Paradise Island, the hidden land of the Amazons where ancient Greek culture persists & women have powers akin to the goddesses of Olympus.

    By 1997 it had already been demoted to a projected television series rather than for the big screen, with the creative team who did Lois & Clark with Wonder Woman sketched out as a female Indiana Jones. Big stars vanished from the promised starring role, as they didn't want to do a television series while their movie careers still existed. An international promotional search for a suitable unknown to play Diana was being ballyhooed in advance of the series' promised 1999 debut. But a year later, the desire to capitalize on the Xena phenomenon was a bust, since even Xena was cancelled, & other series like "Relic Hunter" & "Sheena" were attempting to capture the same completely imaginary momentum.

    All sorts of inappropriate beach-bunny babes were being rumored for the Wonder Woman role, besides an absurd fan-driven letter-campaign to get Madonna to star, until finally Warner Brothers quietly ceased issuing any new ad hype about the intended series, without officially declaring it'll never happen. Rumors persisted, as when it was threatened in 2000 that Kristen Johnston ("Third Rock from the Sun") would be Wonder Woman.

    In 2001 producer Leonard Goldberg swore on an invisible jet that it was a Priority Project at Warner Bros, & was back on track to be a theatrical release. The script at that time was in the hands of "Antz" screenwriter Todd Alcott. The project was a laughing stock in the trade journals & film news sources, as people wondered if any star first suggested for the role would be young enough for so much action by the time any filming began.

    In 2003, a whole new array of rumors & official announcements promised the film's release for 2004. Sandra Bullock announced that she was definitively cast to star. A real actress in the role? Alas, not; many wondered if the comic book crowd could tolerate someone who can act, & girl wrestler Chyna was thought more in keeping with the projected audience. Bullock pulled out of the chaotic project as a waste of her time & commitment.

    Absurdly, "Friends" alumnus Jennifer Anniston was up for it for a while. A great many near-nobodies were being touted as the next Diana Prince, including Jordan Bayne ("Poltergeist: The Legacy"), Jaime King (from "Bulletproof Monk"), & "Larissa" a Miss Missouri beauty pagent winner & swimsuit model. Publicity folks realizing they'd lost everyone's interest suddenly announced that there would be someone absolutely fabulous & famous to play Steve at least, though they couldn't say who. Personally I'd like to see Jet Li all brave but helpless & repeatedly needing to be saved by his girlfriend, that'd be a hoot, & who the hell says a Chinese guy can't be an American airpilot after all.

    The promising-sounding Harnock/Kazaros script was ditched years earlier. Philip Levens (hot from "Smallville") & Laeta Kalogridis (of the miserable series "Birds of Prey") were hired to concoct an entirely new script for a feature film, promising it would be a really dark script like the first Batman movie. This led fans to question whether anyone knew what the hell they were doing since Wonder Woman is the complete opposite of Batman without an ounce of darkness in her, though seriousness would indeed be better than a Charlies' Angels style busty bounce-a-thon, & Charlies' Angels having been producer Goldberg's biggest success it seemed likely the leaping-Barbi-dolls approach might be pursued.

    Early in 2004, Charisma Carpenter (of Buffy & Angel fame) publically announced that it was her goal in life to obtain the starring role. She found her inspiration in the abominable Lynda "whirligig" Carter whom, come to think of it, Carpenter could easily impersonate with equal abomination. The coat-tails ridden by the project had by this time transferred from the passe Xena to the momentarily au currant "bride" of Tarrantino's "Kill Bill." Charisma's Playboy spread was rumored to have destroyed her chances of appearing in what would be a family or children's film, while Buffy cum Scooby-doo-kidflick star Sarah Michelle Gellar claimed to be pleased to be the front-runner for the role. By now "Mad Max" director George Miller had been approached to direct, while Kalogridis was evidently kicked off the script & replaced with Jon Cohen ("Minority Report"), & was that a week before or after it was Becky Johnston ("Prince of Tides"). If everyone who worked on scripts kept a screen credit, there'd be no room left to name the grips & best boy.

  111. WONDER WOMAN ANIMATION. In the 1988 cartoon series Superman one episode, "Superman & Wonder Woman Vs. the Sorceress of Time," is set partly on the hidden island of the Amazons. For centuries the island Amazons kept an evil sorceress imprisoned. She escapes, captures Queen Hippolyte, & threatens the entire world with her amazing powers. It's up to Superman & Wonder Woman to save Paradise Island & the world. Wonder Woman is also a regular character in the Super Friends cartoons from 1973-1986, with infrequent references to Paradise Island. In "Return of Atlantis" (season not known) a matriarchal Atlantis rises from the sea & Queen Oceana wants to conquer the world. It's up to Wonder Woman, assisted by the "good" Amazons of Paradise Island, to foil the would-be Atlantean conqueress, & save Aquaman while they're at it. The 1978 season included "Revenge of Gorilla City" about a lost race in Africa. In "Superfriends: Rest in Peace" Wonder Woman gets killed defending Paradise Island. The 1979 season of one-hour episodes was called The World's Greatest Super Friends & included the episode "World Beneath the Ice" in which a lost civilization of warlike ice-people try to reestablish their society by creating another ice age, which Wonder Woman helps foil.

  112. ZINGO. 1913, Italy. A series of four three-reel adventures were filmed regarding the adventures of the hirsute caveman who visits civilization. These were Zingo & the White Elephants, Zingo in Africa, Zingo of the Sea and Zingo's War in the Clouds.

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Lost Race films pertaining to Haggard have been separatedly given in
The H. Rider Haggard Filmography
Whereas for Lost Races pertaining to Tarzan, Pellucidar & Jungle Girl, see
Cinematic Lost Races Part II: Edgar Rice Burroughs


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