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Flight of the Lost Balloon (1961)

A professor is hired to navigate across Africa in a hot-air balloon to rescue a lost explorer, but a mysterious local villain named "Hindu" commandeers the balloon for his own nefarious purposes.

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Nathan Juran

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Nathan Juran
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Credited cast:
Mala Powers ... Ellen Burton
Marshall Thompson ... Dr. Joseph Faraday
James Lanphier ... The Hindu
Douglas Kennedy ... Sir Hubert Warrington
Robert W. Gillette Robert W. Gillette ... Sir Adam Burton
Felippe Birriel Felippe Birriel ... Golem
A.J. Valentine A.J. Valentine ... Giles
Blanquita Romero Blanquita Romero ... The Malkia
Jackie Ronoro Jackie Ronoro ... Native Dancer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcella Wright Marcella Wright ... Title Song Singer (voice)
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A professor is hired to navigate across Africa in a hot-air balloon to rescue a lost explorer, but a mysterious local villain named "Hindu" commandeers the balloon for his own nefarious purposes.

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An advertising gimmick used for this film was the giveaway of "motion sickness pills" to ticket buyers. The critics had a field day with it. See more »

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The balloon is not a hot air balloon which require a burner as a heat source. None was ever shown. See more »

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Hindu: Don't be misled. There could be a thousand cannibals beneath those fronds and you wouldn't see one. It was among these very trees that the unfortunate Frenchman Maison was murdered in 1845.
[picks up a piece of cheese]
Hindu: He was captured by the cannibals of the region and tied to the foot of a giant cocoa palm.
[begins cutting the cheese]
Hindu: Then the savage chief cut him slowly, limb from limb, and then literally tore the half-severed head from the body. Maison was only 26. Cheese?
[...]
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Flight of the LOUSED UP Balloon
15 February 2008 | by vawlkee_2000See all my reviews

As a kid in the 60's I relished this film because it was sooooo cheesy! I even went so far as to tape record the audio track off TV so I could have a good laugh! We didn't have VCR's in those days remember?

When Joe Farady (Marshall Thompson) goes before the London Geographical Society to pitch his expedition, car horns and buses can be heard in the BG.....Pretty advanced for the late 19th century!

The process shots (bluescreen) with the "condors" is among the worst I've ever seen! And those birds! They look like retreads from a feather duster factory.

In the jungle landing sequence watch for the shadow of the crane that suspended the balloon prop in shot.

Watch for the Hope and Crosby of the gorilla world in the "castle" sequences.....Talk about hams!....A pair of the silliest monkey suits I've ever seen!

The film was supposed to take place in Africa but it's obvious that Bluebeard's "castle" is actually a 17th century Spanish fort in Puerto Rico where principle filming was done.

Mala Powers, when interviewed years ago about the film, commented about Nathan Juran, the director...It seemed that originally the film was to be tongue in cheek - as Jules Verne had intended it, but Juran played it straight and screwed the pooch. She also commented about Felippe Birriel (Golan) being a pathetic creature that could barely move....

Golan, now there's a real henchman! Birriel couldn't speak English so they just had him grunt and groan.Using the "His tongue was torn out years ago" bit as an excuse.....And his shoes! Man oh man, they look like Buckwheat's from the Our Gang films.....Only in size 25!

If you want to see the basic plot done right, see Fox's "Five Weeks in a Balloon" (1962).....

In it's favor I will say that the pacing isn't bad and Marshall Thompson seems to be making the best of the situation.

Felipe Birriel as Bluebeard's henchman "Golan"(not "Golem") was a semi celebrity in Puerto Rico where he was known as the tallest man there (7'11"). He died in '94 at 77 years old.

This film is one that has to be seen to be believed, as there is no way to describe it adequately.......It's as if Ed Wood had decided to do an adventure pic in color with more than a 50cent budget......Hmmm, Tor Johnson as Golan......It boggles the mind!

Robert Hill


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Balon Ile Devrialem See more »

Filming Locations:

Isla de Cabras, Puerto Rico See more »

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W.M.J. Productions See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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