Cast & Crew
James S. Parker
After receiving word that he has been chosen as the United States ambassador for the coronation durbar for King Mahendra in Nepal, Lowell Thomas boards a Globemaster plane and passes over Paris, the Suez Canal and Persian Gulf ports en route. Several of the sites included in this travelogue are: the Temple of Lankatilaka in Ceylon, the village of Hunza near the Himaylayan Mountains where villagers play drums, a boating excursion on the rapids of the Indus River, crowed streets of Katmandu and the Shalimar Gardens near Kashmir where Thomas meets U.S. Air Force major Steve Shaw and sergeant James S. Parker. Arriving in Nepal, Thomas notes that Communist Chinese delegates are in attendance for the coronation and over 20 elephants are in the celebration's procession. The picture concludes when the tour ends at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
Lovel S. Ellis
The working title for this film was Search for Shangri-La. The summary above was based on reviews. Portions of Search For Paradise were used to form the short King Mahendra Crowned in Kathmandu, which was copyrighted by Stanley Warner-Cinerama Corp later in 1957. A July 24, 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item states that James S. Parker, who accompanied Lowell Thomas on part of the journey, drowned in the Indus River rapids sequence. A modern source adds that Michael Zingale was a camera assistant for the film. For more information about Cinerama, please consult the entry below for 1952 film This Is Cinerama.