Film & Water #90 – Lost Horizon (1937)


Episode 90: LOST HORIZON (1937)

Rob welcomes back returning guest Kevin Lauderdale to take a trip to Shangri-La, and on the way they discuss Frank Capra’s 1937 adventure epic LOST HORIZON!

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9 responses to “Film & Water #90 – Lost Horizon (1937)

  1. FYI: Here’s a portion of Jane Wyatt’s interview with the Archive of American Television where she talks about working on LOST HORIZON (which starts about 15 min. into the video). She later discusses her experiences on Father Knows Best, Star Trek, and more.

  2. I’m starting to sound like a broken record, because I haven’t seen this movie either. In fact, I’m not quite sure where I thought Shangri-la originated from before this. But now I know!

    I do know Edward Everett Horton has some minor geek cred. He was no Jane Wyatt, but he did appear as Chief Screaming Chicken on two episodes of Batman, featuring Vincent Price as Egghead. Price said one of the reasons he took the job was the chance to work with Horton.


    1. Shangri-La was the original name for the presidential retreat now known as Camp David (Eisenhower changed it).

      1. Shangri-La was the original name for the presidential retreat now known as Camp David (Eisenhower changed it).

        We get into this on the show–never going to miss an opportunity to mention FDR!

  3. I have also not seen this but now will add to the list!

    How much of this was co-opted for the Shadow?

    Certainly in Chaykin’ Shadow, Lew Allard and Lamont Cranston (patriot and degenerate respectively) crash a plane in the Himalayas and head to ‘Shamballa’, a place of Super science and philosophy. Cranston dies and Allard becomes Cranston, remaining remarkably young and able to act as The Shadow decades later.

    The Netflix series is in the queue too!

  4. Like a lot of the older films F&W covers, I’ve never seen it, but I’m getting into Capra’s stuff lately – I do consider him an auteur, though it’s more about creating an ethical universe than a stylistic one – and this one sounds very interesting. Thanks for the recommendation.

  5. Thanks for covering this film! It’s one of my favorites.

    This film and book have been the influence on lots and lots of comics and other films. The most obvious one is Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange even looks a bit like a thin Ronald Colman), but there’s also Iron Fist, the Alan Scott Green Lantern, Amazing-Man, and even Doctor Doom.

    Plus with Thomas Mitchell there among this varied group of people, doesn’t it seem a bit reminiscent of STAGECOACH? While STAGECOACH and LOST HORIZON head in different directions, each of these people have a unique backstory and we see how each of them react to the situations in the film. I guess if Mitchell were in LIFEBOAT I’d just keep expanding the idea…

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