Lost Horizon, 1937

After a plane crashes in the Himalayas, a group of survivors find their way to Shangri-La. There they are astonished to find a community living together under one rule: Be kind. There they wonder about these people who claim to be much older than they appear. There they must decide whether to risk the trip back to their old life or stay and enjoy the mysterious beauty hidden in the mountains.

Beloved British actor Ronald Colman gave a powerful performance as Robert Conway, the leader of the plane crash survivors. Jane Wyatt played Sondra Bizet and Edward Everett Horton was wonderful as Mr. Lovett.

Thomas Mitchell as Mr. Barnard was fun to watch. He was a highly-talented actor in a great variety of roles. Mitchell was in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), played Gerald O’Hara in Gone With the Wind (1939), played Uncle Billy in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), and was Mayor Jonas Henderson in High Noon (1952). He won his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for playing Doc Boone in Stagecoach (1939).

H. B. Warner played Chang. Warner worked with James Stewart in both Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Senator Agnew) in 1939 and It’s A Wonderful Life (Mr. Gower) in 1946. Warner received an Academy Award nomination for his work in Lost Horizon.

This Frank Capra directed film won two Oscars: Best Art Direction and Best Film Editing. It was nominated for Oscars in five other categories, among them: Best Picture.

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