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The Lost Zeppelin
The Lost Zeppelin
Actors: Conway Tearle, Virginia Valli, Ricardo Cortez, Duke Martin, Kathryn McGuire
Director: Edward Sloman
Genres: Action & Adventure
NR     2006     1hr 11min

Studio: Gotham (dba Alpha) Release Date: 06/02/2006


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Actors: Conway Tearle, Virginia Valli, Ricardo Cortez, Duke Martin, Kathryn McGuire
Director: Edward Sloman
Creators: Jackson Rose, Martin G. Cohn, W. Donn Hayes, John M. Stahl, Charles Kenyon, Frances Hyland, Jack Natteford
Genres: Action & Adventure
Sub-Genres: Classics
Studio: Alpha Video
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 05/23/2006
Original Release Date: 12/20/1929
Theatrical Release Date: 12/20/1929
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 11min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Gerald R. from RACINE, WI
Reviewed on 6/7/2010...
This movie is fun if you just look at it as a comedy. For movie history buffs it is amazing. The level of naivete in the audiences of that day is hard to grasp. The theme, love conquers all, is nobly presented.

Movie Reviews

An enjoyable early talkie
Bruce Rheinstein | Woodbridge, VA USA | 10/08/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The Lost Zeppelin was filmed in the days of gentleman officers. The glimpse of 1920s polite society is interesting, but you can skip over the first half-hour, or so, of the movie to get to the adventure. Caution, what follows is a plot spoiler.

The commander of a zeppelin about to journey to the South Pole discovers his wife is having an affair with his good friend and no.2 officer.

She tells him she's in love with the friend and just before he boards the airship, stiff upper lip and all that, he tells her he wants her to be happy and he'll have his lawyers prepare the paperwork for a divorce so she can be with the man she loves.

The zeppelin crashes in Antarctica leaving only two survivors, the commander and no. 2 officer. The rescue plane has room for only one passenger, so the commander orders his friend to take the seat and is later presumed dead. Meanwhile the errant wife suffers from buyer's remorse.

This is an early talkie with acting, a plot, and dialogue that could easily have come from a silent picture. The video and sound on the DVD would benefit from some restoration work, but with a low-volume release like this that's probably asking too much. The special effects using miniatures are interesting, and I've a weakness for zeppelins.

The Lost Zeppelin isn't a must-see classic movie, but it has its charm."
Plodding; Not Enough of the Zeppelin
Karen S. Garvin | Maryland | 09/21/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The previous reviewer has outlined the plot pretty well, which generally will give you the whole story of the movie. Forget subplots; they don't exist. Watch the movie for the zeppelin and biplane and ice scenes, which are pretty neat. The soundtrack is poor, though.

It does seem that much of the acting was done as though the movie was going to be a silent picture, but since the movie was made in 1929, I suppose that's to be expected. The medium was still new, and the directors hadn't adjusted their stage direction to the talking medium very well. Anyway, it's interesting in old movies to look at the set decoration, such as the furniture and clothing styles.

I was a bit disappointed that the zeppelin itself probably got less "airtime" than the wife's overly dramatic fainting spell, but the miniaturization was pretty good, especially after the zeppelin crashed and only its internal skeleton remained -- covered in icicles. I'm not clear on what happened to the outer skin of the airship; supposedly the ship went down because it had a hole and was loosing gas, but there was no explosion or fire. Unfortunately, we never get a tour of the ship, either (I guess they had a small budget for making sets). I had hoped for more views of the zeppelin.

The movie is short, only 71 minutes, so make up some popcorn and get comfortable. It's not much of a thriller, but it's easy enough to watch in one sitting."