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Lost in the Jungle (1911)

Jan Kruga and his daughter Meta live on a farm in the Transvaal. The nearest neighbor, Sir John Morgan, lives 20 miles away, and it is only on rare intervals that she ever goes even that ... See full summary »




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Jan Kruga
Sir John Morgan
Ernest Anderson ...
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Jan Kruga and his daughter Meta live on a farm in the Transvaal. The nearest neighbor, Sir John Morgan, lives 20 miles away, and it is only on rare intervals that she ever goes even that far away from her isolated home. Toddles, a work elephant on her father's farm, is her only pet and in the first part of our story we see her befriend him from a cruel keeper. Hans, a neighboring Boer farmer calls and asks for Meta's hand in marriage. The girl is ordered by her father to accept Hans' attentions. She has been taught to obey and when Hans gives her a love offering, a huge necklace of beads, she meekly offers her cheek for the betrothal kiss. Sir John's nephew, Hirshal, comes for a visit from England and Sir John brings him for a friendly call on the Krugas. Meta's heart awakens at the sight of the handsome, young Englishman, and she returns Hans's necklace. The father, however, orders her to marry Hans, or never darken his door again. Meta refuses, and is driven away by the heartless, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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26 October 1911 (USA)  »

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Forvildet i Urskoven  »

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Mr. Wm. N. Selig believes that "Lost in the Jungle" is the climax of the series
23 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

"Lost in the Jungle," the last of the great series of Selig films produced last winter, in which wild animals have been used in the development of the story, and of which "Back to the Primitive" and "Captain Kate" have proved notable productions, will be released Monday. October 26. It is understood that the Selig Company will not discontinue the production of films of this type and that another series will be prepared during the approaching winter. Mr. Wm. N. Selig believes that "Lost in the Jungle" is the climax of the series. Miss Kathlyn Williams, who appears in the principal role, says that over eight weeks were required to train the elephant to perform his part, and that many hundreds of oranges, bananas and other tempting fruits were bestowed on the big animal before he was quite won over to play the role of deliverer. Nor must we forget the important assistance rendered by "Big Otto," the well-known animal trainer, during the weeks of persistent and patient rehearsal. Everyone who views the picture will feel like hugging the ponderous brute when he kneels and assists the helpless girl to catch his ears with her hands, in the meantime making a seat of his trunk on which she rests, as he ploughs his way through the thick undergrowth of the jungle. It is a thrilling rescue and fairly startles one by its novelty and realism. Another thrill is promised in the girl's encounter with a leopard. Shortly before this scene appears, we witness a fierce fight between two leopards and a wild hog. The latter coming out victor. This prepares us for the presence of leopards in the girl's vicinity, and when we see her crouch and listen intently, as she gazes into the depths of the forest, we are prepared for a life and death struggle. The large knife that she carries is gripped more firmly and, like a flash, a leopard rushes toward her and springs full upon her head. The next view taken by the camera shows the girl lying wounded and spent, while beside her lies the leopard turning over on his back in the death throes. In the making of this scene Miss Williams suffered such severe scalp wounds from the animal's claws that nine stitches were required to close them, and she was covered with blood to her waist. A leopard is very fond of wild chickens, and at the first rehearsal of the scene, before the man began to turn the handle, everything went well. The chicken was thrown slightly behind and to one side of Miss Williams, as the animal was loosed from his cage, so that he fairly caught sight of its fall. In the second trial the chicken was thrown directly behind Miss Williams, out of the camera's field; and although the leopard saw that the chicken had been thrown, he did not see it fall, and concluded that it was under Miss Williams. The courage shown by this lady, and her wonderful influence over wild animals, in the production of this film, are really remarkable. - The Moving Picture World, October 14, 1911

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