A Previous "Hosts's
at Friday Night Movies:
Friday the 11th of November at Bill's
Pot luck supper @ 7pm, Movie @ 8pm
I think I'm going to like it here.
-- Robert Conway (Ronald Colman)
USA: 1937 -- Directed by Frank Capra
Written by Robert Riskin & Sidney Buchman, from the novel by James
Starring Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, H. B. Warner, Edward Everett Horton
and Sam Jaffe
Gentlemen, I give you a toast. Here's my hope that
Robert Conway will find his Shangri-La. Here's my hope that we all
--Hugh Buckler as Lord Gainsford
British diplomat Robert Conway and a small group of
civilians crash land in the Himalayas, and are rescued by the people of
the mysterious, Eden-like valley of Shangri-la. Protected by the
mountains from the world outside, where the clouds of World War II are
gathering, Shangri-la provides a seductive escape for the world-weary
Hope to see you there. We'll save you an aisle seat
and a Sherpa.
Won Oscar for Best Art Direction
(Stephen Goosson) and Best Film Editing (Gene Havlick & Gene Milford
Nominated for Oscar for Best Picture (Frank Capra), Best
Supporting Actor (H.B. Warner), Best Music, Score (Morris Stoloff,
Score by Dimitri Tiomkin), Best Assistant Director (Charles C. Coleman)
& Best Sound, Recording (John P. Livadary)
Robert Conway: You know, when we were on that plane, I
was fascinated by the way the shadow followed us. That silly shadow!
Racing along over mountains and valleys, covering ten times the
distance of the plane, and yet always there to greet us... with
outstretched arms when we landed. And I've been thinking that, somehow,
you're that plane, and I'm that silly shadow. That all my life I've
been rushing up and down hills, leaping rivers, crashing over
obstacles, never dreaming that one day that beautiful thing in flight
would land on this earth and into my arms.
Frank Capra's first cut of the film ran for 6 hours.
Many scenes were shot at the Los Angeles Ice and Cold
Storage Warehouse where Capra had 13,000 square feet of refrigerated
space at his disposal.
Bleached corn flakes were used for the blizzard
The California State Censor Board insisted on having two
signed affidavits from Columbia that the model doubling for Jane Wyatt
in her nude bathing scene had her breasts covered. The affidavits were
duly supplied though the model in question apparently was indeed
bare-breasted, though as the scene is in long shot it's virtually
impossible to tell.
When shown on US television, the film's title was "Lost
Horizon of Shangri-La".
Factual errors: When Bob, George and Maria are leaving
Shangri-La, they pass to the right of a Tibetan stupa. As per religious
custom (then and now), they should always walk to the left of the
Stupa, and never to the right. It could be argued that they did so out
of ignorance, but Sandra is chasing after Bob and commits the same
error. Surely she has been in Tibet long enough to know of this ancient
custom and would never make such a careless spiritual mistake.