Ok. We’re getting close to that time of year a lot of people enjoy, and one an unfortunate number of people dislike, or just plain dread. Doesn’t really matter if you dread it, or love it. It’s a time of fantasy. And fantasy is normally for children. But in this case fantasy has a much harder audience – adults. And what better time for a film like this. For 132 minutes ( the running time of this film ) forget about the season, and travel to a place where there are no bills, no strife, no criminals, no corrupt governments, nothing that could possibly bother you. You’re going to Shangri-La.
Among the rescued are four people who have wide and varied backgrounds.
American actor John Howard is his brother George, another functionary of the British government. Not as mature as his older brother, George is apt to lose his temper if things don’t go according to plan.
Edward Everett Horton plays Alexander P. Lovett, an excitable and nervous paleontologist. He stops being a nervous nelly and starts teaching geology.
Isabel Jewell plays Gloria Stone, a dying, bitter, prostitute with a chip on her shoulder. She slowly gets better and starts behaving like a human being, and not somebody whose been cheated out of a life.
The People of Shangri-La
Chang is played by H.B. Warner. He has the ability to talk for some time, while saying very little. His cryptic, vague, and foggy answers are frequently the source of friction. Yet they make you coming back for more. The answers are there if the person asking the question is patient enough to hear them.
Sam Jaffe plays the role of the High Lama. Also known as Father Perrault, a 200 year old Belgian priest who founded Shangri-La, he is the most mysterious. The best way to understand him is to see the film.