From IMDB: Leo Vincey, told by his dying uncle of a lost land visited 500 years ago by his ancestor, heads out with family friend Horace Holly to try to discover the land and its secret of immortality, said to be contained within a mystic fire. Picking up Tanya, a guide’s daughter, in the frozen Russian arctic, they stumble upon Kor, revealed to be a hidden civilization ruled over by an immortal queen, called She, who believes Vincey is her long-lost lover John Vincey, Leo’s ancestor.
Almost worth watching once as a hoot. Though I wouldn’t exactly recommend it, it’s fun in a pulp fictiony kind of way. The sets and choreography are impressive. Randolph Scott’s character is amusing as the hero who’s a tad bit slow on the uptake, and you’ve got to love a title like “she who must be obeyed.”
And finally, the back story of the film is incredibly interesting. Here are a few tidbits form the IMDB trivia section:
1. “This film exists at the present time because silent film star Buster Keaton had a copy of the original print stored in his garage, which he gave to film historian Raymond Rohauer for preservation.”
2. “The sets, costumes, etc. were all prepared for a color film. At the last minute, RKO pulled Merian C. Cooper’s budget, and so, he was forced to shoot the film in black and white. Friend Ray Harryhausen and Legend Films later colorized the film as a tribute to Cooper.”
3. “Helen Gahagan in her one and only film appearance later went on to serve two terms in the lower house of the US Congress as a Representative from the state of California. Her bid in 1950 for a seat in the upper house, the United States Senate, saw defeat at the hands of one Richard Nixon.”
4. “The film is listed among The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson’s book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE MOVIE GUIDE.”