In 1968 a really fun movie called The Lost Continent was released. It centers around a broken down steamer that will carry any kind of cargo and any kind of passenger with no questions asked. After a mutiny and a couple of bizarre turns the ship wanders into a Sargasso Sea of lost wrecks dating back to the great Spanish explorers that followed Columbus. A small community of fanatics led by a boy king completely dominate the descendants of these sailors. The peasants see the arrival of a modern ship as their only hope. Who do they send to contact these new men? The lovely Sarah, played by 18 year old Dana Gillespie.
After a lot of shooting and explosions the busty Sarah and her friends sail away to a new world. Why the producers left her out of the trailer is beyond my comprehension.
Dana Gillespie’s next “bust out” role (and most remembered) came in 1977 when she played the heroic cave girl Ajor in The People that Time Forgot, sequel to the very faithful to the book The Land that Time Forgot.
There is some real star power in this movie with Patrick Wayne and Doug McClure. While this story strays from the source material it is still an entertaining movie with Dana and Sarah Douglas playing off each other quite well. Sarah Douglas deserves her own tribute which will come in the near future. Hey, at the end of the movie the sidekick gets the girl!
The People that Time Forgot was followed by a pretty poor Peter Cook and Dudley Moore comedy take on the Hound of the Baskervilles. A funny scene with our gal Dana in it is just about the only redeeming feature in this movie.
Dana Gillespie is a really good Blues artist with over fifty albums to her credit. She has mostly concentrated on her singing career which was foreshadowed in her first movie role as the “Singer” in Secrets of a Windmill Girl. (1966, she was only 16 and already a knockout.)