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'''''(The) Lost Continent''''' is a 1951 BMovie produced by Robert Lippert, starring Cesar Romero and Hugh Beaumont. Starting out as a fairly straight-forward, Cold War era military film, it quickly switches into a "lost in the jungle" romp, then segues into an interminable "rock climbing" sequence before ultimately transmogrifying into a dinosaur film.

Scientists and military men are testing the guidance systems of an experimental atomic rocket; said guidance systems fail and the rocket vanishes somewhere in the South Pacific. An expedition, led by one Major Joe Nolan and including the project's three key scientists, is dispatched to retrieve it before the [[DirtyCommunists Russians]] can get their hands on it.

Whilst scouting for an island or such that the rocket could have crashed on, their plane's engines abruptly fail, dumping them onto a [[JungleGoddess familiar-looking]] tropical island. The island natives speak of "[[HulkSpeak smoke and flame, burning from sky]]", clearly referring to the rocket which crashed on the top of the island's plateau, causing no small amount of geological turmoil (hold that thought). The expedition slowly -- and we mean '''[[{{Padding}} slowly]]''' -- makes its way to the top of the mountain, and drags the hapless audience along for the ride.

Once at the top, they find... an exact duplicate of the jungle set at the mountain base. Except, as one scientist points out, this jungle is flowered by long-extinct plant life. And not just plants; we soon encounter much prehistoric animal life as well. The cast [[strike:wastes]] spends much time running from dinosaurs and wandering through the foliage before finally stumbling upon the missing rocket. Examining its guidance computer will help the scientists correct the problem, and so exit stage down. (That's right: that means ''more'' rock climbing!)

Um, better get a move on, quick: the entire island is [[CataclysmClimax beginning to break up]]! And so the survivors pile into a tiny rowboat and watch from the ocean as the island explodes like an atom bomb. ''Fin''.

Robert Lippert was also an uncredited producer for the 1958 classic ''TheFly''.

For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S02E08LostContinent episode recap page]].

!!''Lost Continent'' contains examples of:

* AlwaysABiggerFish: The group are trapped by a triceratops and doomed... until a second triceratops comes along and picks a fight.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Yet another example of flesh-eating brontosaurs.
** IdiotBall: One guy, to escape the (sigh) flesh-eating bronto, climbs up a tall tree.
* TheCasanova: Major Joe.
* DirtyCommunists: Subverted. Because the lead scientist is [[strike:German]] Russian, Major Joe is suspicious of him from the start. [[MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold His suspicions turn out to be in error]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything? Monkey Boy's sensual, erotic dreams... [[CargoShip about an airplane]]. "I feel so ''dirty'' after watching that!"
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** [[Series/BatMan Cesar Romero]] as Major Joe Nolan
** [[LeaveItToBeaver Hugh Beaumont]] as a rocket scientist. "Oh, so ''that's'' what [[LeaveItToBeaver Ward]] does at the office!"
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre: Major Joe's [[GirlOfTheWeek Girl Of The Movie]]: "Hurry back, Joe; I'd like to continue our... ''discussion'' about 'simulated landings'."
* LegCling: Acquanetta, in the poster (see above).
** [[NeverTrustATrailer Never Trust A Poster]]: Acquanetta's character doesn't even go on the adventure with the main characters; she simply points them in the right direction and then exit, stage left.
* LostWorld: Why, it's right there in the title, even.
** CataclysmClimax: Of the "practically out of the blue" variety. Or, see [[Fridge/LostContinent Fridge Brilliance]].
* PluckyComicRelief: Sgt. Willie Tatlow, aka Monkey Boy. Like most of his ilk, there's very little about him that's either comical or relieving. Except maybe [[spoiler: his death]].
* {{Retirony}} / FatalFamilyPhoto: Briggs, who shows pictures of his kids to the others.
-->'''Major Joe:''' You'll have quite a story to tell them when we get back.\\
'''Briggs:''' Yes... [[TemptingFate I hope I will]].
* {{Slurpasaur}}: Yeah...
-->'''Crow''': You mean by that gargantuan lizard?
* StockFootage: Special effects footage recycled from/for ''Film/KingDinosaur'', ''{{Rocketship X-M}}'' and ''FireMaidensFromOuterSpace''.
* TitleDrop
* WardrobeMalfunction: One part of the "rock climbing" sequence has Sid Melton's pants fall down while Cesar Romero hauls him over a cliffside. You can see the other actors cracking up in the background during the scene.
** TheyJustDidntCare: The most likely reason this shot was left in the film.
* YouNoTakeCandle: Acquanetta as an [[EltonJohn island girl]].
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