John Brant, his only daughter, Gene, and Jan Karl, a farmhand, live on a farm in Central Africa, near the border of the jungle. The monotony of their lives is stirred by the arrival in the ... See full summary »

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John Brant, his only daughter, Gene, and Jan Karl, a farmhand, live on a farm in Central Africa, near the border of the jungle. The monotony of their lives is stirred by the arrival in the neighborhood of a hunting party, about to enter the jungle to secure wild animals for an American circus. Henry Barium, the young circus owner, heads the party. He prevails on old John Brant to accompany him on the trip and, in turn, agrees that Gene and Jan Karl shall join the expedition. Jan and Gene are "as good as engaged." as the saying goes. Young Barium pays marked attention to Gene as they journey, and Jan grows jealous. One day he comes on the young people when Barium is trying to force a kiss from Gene. In the trial of strength that follows, Barium is worsted. Gene, who loves Jan, does not show that worthy due appreciation of his interference, with the result that he leaves the expedition for the Transvaal mines. Next day a noble, shaggy-maned lion is caught. He is of such dignified mien ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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A mighty lion figures prominently and thrillingly
13 December 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

In "Thor, Lord of the Jungle," the Selig wild animal series have reached an eminence not hitherto attained. Indeed, the term "wild animal" is not truly expressive of the range and values of this remarkable three-reel film subject, in which a mighty lion figures prominently and thrillingly. Close analysis will reveal that the story does not depend on the lord of the jungle as its mainstay. The animal is only a factor in the equation, in which love, jealousy, rascality and adventure are strongly and intimately combined. James Oliver Curwood is the author of the scenario. He has written the story so that the human element holds the prevailing interest, while here and there the brute element forms big exclamation points during the story's unraveling, and also appeals to us with that peculiar pathos born of the instinct which teaches us that all forms of life are related to our own. The contrasting of the fate of Thor, imprisoned for the first time in an iron cage, with that of Jan Karl, the young African farmhand, suffering for the first time from despairing love, under the subtitle "Two strong hearts are broken," really startles one by the sympathy aroused. And this sympathy for wild animal life grows stronger as the story advances. Gene Brant, friendless in far off America, to which she has been lured by the promise of being a circus queen, finds consolation beside the cage of Thor, like herself consumed by a longing for the veldts and jungles of Central Africa. The climax of this strange feeling comes when Gene returns home, bringing back Thor on the same ship and transporting him across the plains to his native haunts. What a feeling of elation and satisfaction fills our hearts when Gene, brimful of happiness, as she stands beside Jan on her wedding day, opens the door of the cage and Thor bounds forth into freedom and his own! Surely there is education of the right kind in these three reels, the creation of a sympathy for the wild beasts of the forest, which are fulfilling their destiny as we are fulfilling ours. The killing instinct, merely for the sake of killing, must have been considered disgraceful by our ancestors of the stone age! Miss Kathlyn William, who is gifted in a rare way with the art of gaining the friendship of wild animals, is an attractive and striking personality in this fine subject. She has given us, in Gene Brant, one of her best characterizations. She has succeeded in getting outside of civilization and in giving us a girl of the African wilds, unsophisticated, with fitful temper and seeming artificiality, but always true to the core when the occasion calls for all that is best in her latent make-up. Miss Williams looks younger and more sylph-like than ever; and, still better, is so in the part of winsome Gene Brant. Charles Clary gives a virile impersonation of Henry Barium, the young American circus owner and hunter. One of the best evidences of his strength in the part is suggested by the hostility unconsciously created in the mind of the spectator. Thomas Santschi, as Jan Karl; Lafayette McKee, as John Brant (father of Gene), and William Holland, as "Billie," the hunchback of the circus, all merit praise that space forbids expressing. - The Moving Picture World, December 6, 1913


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