History Film / LostHorizon

9th Apr '18 11:59:13 PM mlsmithca
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Soldier, adventurer, and proto-Franchise/IndianaJones hero Robert Conway (Colman) is sent off into a remote part of China to rescue a group of Americans caught in a war zone. He and his brother George rescue a motley group that includes paleontologist Alexander Lovett, swindler Henry Barnard (Creator/ThomasMitchell), and Gloria, a hooker with an IncurableCoughOfDeath. However, Conway and his charges soon discover that they have been kidnapped by a person pretending to be their pilot. The plane crashes in the Himalayan mountain range along the border of China. The dying pilot's last words indicate there is a lamasery near by at Shangri-La and they will find help there. The passengers go to the lamasery and uncover a mystery.

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Soldier, adventurer, and proto-Franchise/IndianaJones hero Robert Conway (Colman) is sent off into a remote part of China to rescue a group of Americans caught in a war zone. He and his brother George (John Howard) rescue a motley group that includes paleontologist Alexander Lovett, Lovett (Edward Everett Horton), swindler Henry Barnard (Creator/ThomasMitchell), and Gloria, Gloria (Isabel Jewell), a hooker with an IncurableCoughOfDeath. However, Conway and his charges soon discover that they have been kidnapped by a person pretending to be their pilot. The plane crashes in the Himalayan mountain range along the border of China. The dying pilot's last words indicate there is a lamasery near by at Shangri-La and they will find help there. The passengers go to the lamasery and uncover a mystery.






9th Apr '18 11:54:17 PM mlsmithca
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* HairTriggerAvalanche: Both versions have this in the final stretch as Richard, George and Maria try to return to TheOutsideWorld.

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* HairTriggerAvalanche: Both versions have this in the final stretch as Richard, George the Conway brothers and Maria try to return to TheOutsideWorld.



* MightyWhitey: Featuring a modern MightyWhitey in the 1930s, when the old-fashioned version was still in vogue. The mostly Chinese and Tibetan monks there prove themselves to be wise, intelligent, competent, and well-rounded characters. However, the white Conway turns out to be better at being a monk than the best of the Tibetans, and it turns out that the founder and leader of the monastery is a European who arrived in the 15th century. Unfortunately, the 1973 version keeps all of this.

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* MightyWhitey: MightyWhitey:
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Featuring a modern MightyWhitey in the 1930s, when the old-fashioned version was still in vogue. The mostly Chinese and Tibetan monks there prove themselves to be wise, intelligent, competent, and well-rounded characters. However, the white Conway turns out to be better at being a monk than the best of the Tibetans, and it turns out that the founder and leader of the monastery is a European who arrived in the 15th century. Unfortunately, the 1973 version keeps all of this.



* {{Yellowface}}: The very British H.B. Warner plays Chang, the #2 man at Shangri-La.

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* {{Yellowface}}: {{Yellowface}}:
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The very British H.B. Warner plays Chang, the #2 man at Shangri-La.
6th Mar '18 11:52:09 PM mlsmithca
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* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: George doesn't trust the people of Shangri-La at all, never warms up to the place's ways, and is desperate to get back to TheOutsideWorld, and Maria is also bored with her life there and makes the arrangements for them and the reluctant Richard to escape. For this, both George and Maria end up dead -- when she succumbs to RapidAging thanks to NoOntologicalInertia, he is DrivenToSuicide. Richard survives only to return to Shangri-La as soon as is possible.

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* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: George doesn't trust the people of Shangri-La at all, never warms up to the place's ways, and is desperate to get back to TheOutsideWorld, and Maria is also bored with her life there and makes the arrangements for them and the reluctant Richard Robert to escape. For this, both George and Maria end up dead -- when she succumbs to RapidAging thanks to NoOntologicalInertia, he is DrivenToSuicide. Richard Robert survives only to return to Shangri-La as soon as is possible.
26th Jan '18 6:42:31 AM Sapphirea2
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* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: George doesn't trust the people of Shangri-La at all, never warms up to the place's ways, and is desperate to get back to TheOutsideWorld, and Maria is also bored with her life there and makes the arrangements for them and the reluctant Richard to escape. For this, both George and Maria end up dead -- when she succumbs to RapidAging thanks to NoOntologicalInertia, he is DrivenToSuicide. Richard survives only to return to Shangri-La as soon as is possible.



* MightyWhitey: Featuring a modern MightyWhitey in the 1930s, when the old-fashioned version was still in vogue. The mostly Chinese and Tibetan monks there prove themselves to be wise, intelligent, competent, and well-rounded characters. However, the white Conway turns out to be better at being a monk than the best of the Tibetans, and it turns out that the founder and leader of the monastery is a European who arrived in the 15th century.

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* MightyWhitey: Featuring a modern MightyWhitey in the 1930s, when the old-fashioned version was still in vogue. The mostly Chinese and Tibetan monks there prove themselves to be wise, intelligent, competent, and well-rounded characters. However, the white Conway turns out to be better at being a monk than the best of the Tibetans, and it turns out that the founder and leader of the monastery is a European who arrived in the 15th century. Unfortunately, the 1973 version keeps all of this.
** Also applies to the Henry/Sam subplot in both versions in that it takes a white guy to finally bring a crop irrigation system to the Asian peasants of Shangri-La!
26th Jan '18 6:35:55 AM Sapphirea2
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* TheChosenOne: Conway was specially selected to go to Shangri-La, and the other passengers were considered wonderful, accidental additions to the lamasery who all (excepting Conway's brother George) found reasons to be happy there.

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* TheChosenOne: Conway was specially selected to go to Shangri-La, and the other passengers were considered wonderful, accidental additions to the lamasery who all (excepting Conway's brother George) found find reasons to be happy there.there.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Henry (Sam in the 1973 version) isn't upfront about who he is to his fellow travelers. After some time in Shangri-La he admits that he was, once, a notorious corporate bigwig whose business dealings eventually collapsed around him. He's spent his life as a fugitive since his downfall, no longer having any purpose in his life except perhaps rebuilding his fortune. He turns his original talent for engineering towards improving life for the people of Shangri-La (he designs an irrigation system for their crops), and finds true fulfillment.



* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: In fact, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shangri-La_(musical) second attempt]] at a ''Lost Horizon'' musical.

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* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: In fact, this is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shangri-La_(musical) second attempt]] at a ''Lost Horizon'' musical.



* DarkAndTroubledPast: Sam isn't upfront about who he is to his fellow travelers. After some time in Shangri-La he admits to Sally that he was, once, a notorious corporate bigwig whose business dealings eventually collapsed around him. He's spent his life as a fugitive since his downfall, no longer having any purpose in his life except perhaps rebuilding his fortune. With Sally's encouragement and love, however, he turns his original talent for engineering towards improving life for the people of Shangri-La (he designs an irrigation system for their crops), and finds true fulfillment.



* IfItBleedsItLeads: Sally's career as a photojournalist ended up having to work under this trope. Witnessing and recording atrocities for the titillation of readers who wouldn't give much thought to the horrors they represented resulted in her becoming depressed and ultimately drug-addicted.



* MoodWhiplash: Basically the film's main problem, as we'll go from a scene that's an okay (if a bit slavish) modernization of the original film, then without much warning into a musical number patterned after ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'' or ''Theatre/TheKingAndI'', totally breaking up the film's flow.

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* MoodWhiplash: Basically Arguably the film's main problem, as we'll go problem. After a non-musical opening stretch, it goes from a scene that's an scenes that are okay (if a bit slavish) modernization modernizations of the original film, then without much warning film's into a musical number numbers patterned after ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'' or ''Theatre/TheKingAndI'', totally breaking up the film's flow.



* PluckyComicRelief: Harry, an unsuccessful nightclub entertainer, serves as this among the five travelers. His happy ending is finding a receptive audience for his hijinks in Shangri-La's children.
* PopStarComposer: Burt Bacharach and Hal David were sort of in this vein. While not pop stars themselves, they were household names for writing countless hit songs. Their experience in composing musicals was limited to just ''On the Flip Side'' (an obscure 1966 made-for-TV musical that's sometimes considered an early RockOpera) and ''Theatre/PromisesPromises''.
* SecondaryAdaptation: While it's officially credited as an adaptation of the novel, it's self-evidently a musical remake of the 1937 film, including importing the [[CanonForeigner Canon Foreigners]] that were added to that film (with some minor changes).

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* PluckyComicRelief: Harry, an unsuccessful nightclub entertainer, entertainer in this version, serves as this among the five travelers. His happy ending is finding a receptive audience for his hijinks in Shangri-La's children.
children, rather than his becoming their teacher.
* PopStarComposer: Burt Bacharach and Hal David were sort of in this vein. While not pop stars themselves, they were household names for writing countless hit songs. Their experience in composing musicals was limited to just ''On the Flip Side'' (an obscure 1966 made-for-TV musical that's sometimes considered an early RockOpera) and ''Theatre/PromisesPromises''.
''Theatre/PromisesPromises'', however, and the failure of this film broke up the team.
* SecondaryAdaptation: While it's officially credited as an adaptation of the novel, it's self-evidently a musical remake of the 1937 film, including importing the [[CanonForeigner Canon Foreigners]] that were added to that film (with with some minor changes).changes.



* ShotForShotRemake: The first half-hour is a tight re-enactment of the opening scenes of the Capra film, right down to the way some specific shots are framed. Even after they get to Shangri-La and the musical numbers start up, it still doesn't stray all that much from the original.
* TitleThemeTune: The only song in the film's opening quarter, to boot.

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* ShotForShotRemake: The first half-hour is a tight re-enactment of the opening scenes of the Capra film, right down to the way some specific shots are framed. Even after they get to Shangri-La and the musical numbers start up, it still doesn't stray all that much from the original.
original, especially in the final stretch as the Conways try to return to civilization.
* TitleThemeTune: The only ''only'' song in the film's opening quarter, to boot.
28th Dec '17 11:41:40 PM jamespolk
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Passengers aboard a small airplane discover that they have been kidnapped by someone posing as their assigned pilot. The plane crashes in the Himalayan mountain range along the border of China. The dying pilot's last words indicate there is a lamasery near by at Shangri-La and they will find help there. The passengers go to the lamasery and uncover a mystery.

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Passengers aboard Soldier, adventurer, and proto-Franchise/IndianaJones hero Robert Conway (Colman) is sent off into a small airplane remote part of China to rescue a group of Americans caught in a war zone. He and his brother George rescue a motley group that includes paleontologist Alexander Lovett, swindler Henry Barnard (Creator/ThomasMitchell), and Gloria, a hooker with an IncurableCoughOfDeath. However, Conway and his charges soon discover that they have been kidnapped by someone posing as a person pretending to be their assigned pilot. The plane crashes in the Himalayan mountain range along the border of China. The dying pilot's last words indicate there is a lamasery near by at Shangri-La and they will find help there. The passengers go to the lamasery and uncover a mystery.


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29th Nov '17 11:14:21 AM ClintEastwood
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* {{Bowdlerize}}: One of the reasons that the film now exists in mostly complete form was due to the studio reissuing the film in periods where some elements would be considered controversial. The first re-release was in 1942, and the anti-war elements were toned down for WWII-era audiences. 10 years later, the film was reissued again, though since it was at the height of the RedScare, the studio eliminated anything that would give the illusion that the film was "pro-Communist."
21st Jul '17 10:33:24 PM Ezclee4050
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* SecondaryAdaptation: While it's officially credited as an adaptation of the novel, it's self-evidently a musical remake of the 1937 film, right down to importing the [[CanonForeigner Canon Foreigners]] from there.

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* SecondaryAdaptation: While it's officially credited as an adaptation of the novel, it's self-evidently a musical remake of the 1937 film, right down to including importing the [[CanonForeigner Canon Foreigners]] from there.that were added to that film (with some minor changes).
21st Jul '17 8:37:11 PM Ezclee4050
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* PopStarComposer: Burt Bacharach and Hal David were sort of in this vein. While not pop stars themselves, they were household names for writing countless hit songs. Their experience in composing musicals was limited to just ''On the Flip Side'' (an obscure 1966 made-for-TV musical that's sometimes considered an early RockOpera) and ''Theatre/PromisesPromises''.
21st Jul '17 5:24:03 PM Ezclee4050
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* AdaptationalNationality: Father Perrault was from Luxembourg in the novel but it's changed to Belgium here. Also the novel's Lo-Tsen, who's Chinese, becomes the film's Maria, who's Russian.
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