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Rescued by Her Lions (1911)

Captain Kate (original title)
Two caravans meet on the desert, one headed by Howell and Clancy, two New York men, who are gathering animals for circus purposes, the other is led by an old animal tamer named Desmond and ... See full summary »

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Two caravans meet on the desert, one headed by Howell and Clancy, two New York men, who are gathering animals for circus purposes, the other is led by an old animal tamer named Desmond and his beautiful daughter, whom the natives have nicknamed Capt. Kate. After exchanging cards, the caravans go their separate ways. Desmond is stricken and dies, leaving Kate alone. She assumes her father's perilous business, leading her party of native hunters after big game. Later, one of the hunters is stricken and the superstitious followers of Capt. Kate, recognizing the nature of the disease, abandon the hunt and their leader, one servant alone remaining faithful to his mistress. Kate, realizing that she can go no further without assistance, calls a halt and they erect a crude hut in which she is to live, while the servant goes in search of Clancy. Scene of Kate's isolated life and her dangers follow. She is besieged by wild animals, who make her life a long nightmare of peril. Her only ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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13 July 1911 (USA)  »

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Captain Kate; or, The Animal Trainer's Daughter  »

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Being King of the Beasts Doesn't Mean You Needn't Be Formally Introduced
29 October 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Kathlyn Williams' father drops dead while they are scouring the jungle for animals to sell to zoos and circuses. Kate carries on. When one of her native bearers dies and all but Tom Mix skedaddle, that's another matter. Fortunately, she and Charles Clary, another big game hunter have exchanged cards, so she sends Mix to fetch him. Will rescue show up before the lions have eaten Kathlyn and her pet leopards?

Wiiliam Selig started building up his zoo as film production expanded; he used them for his own jungle epics and rented them out to other film companies. When he stopped producing film in the late 1910s, he tried to make the zoo a paying proposition, but failed.

Miss Williams' career continued in smaller roles through the sound era. While RESCUED BY A LIONS is a visually pleasing but very silly little film, she offers a great performance in William DeMille's CONRAD IN QUEST OF HIS YOUTH. Meanwhile, if you wish to look at this one, a copy has been posted to the Eye Institute site on Youtube.


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