Lost Horizon (1937)

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Lost Horizon (1937) movie poster.

Movie (1937)
French title : Les horizons perdus

Ronald Colman (Robert Conway)
Jane Wyatt (Sondra)
Edward Everett Horton (Lovett)
John Howard (George Conway)

A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La -- but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be?

Fokker Super Universal

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Ford Trimotor

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Douglas DC-2

(three pictures from the original IMPDB page)


Note the black spinner.

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And now without the black spinner.
According to the screenplay, the aircraft is owned by the CNAC (China National Aviation Corporation) flying over the Himalaya. But we see a TWA airplane repainted with what would be the colors of the Chinese airline. A close look shows that not only the spinner are different, the ideograms have also changed between the 2 planes filmed.
The wings of the real CNAC planes were largely covered with inscriptions missing here.

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Other times and other places : how to refuel quickly in the middle of nowhere (action filmed not on the Tibetan Plateau but performed over the Sierra Nevada with the refuelling shot at the Lucerne Lake).

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