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The Dinosaur and the Missing Link: A Prehistoric Tragedy (1915)

Three cavemen court Miss Araminta Rockface. She favors the one who apparently slew the Missing Link ... but a dinosaur did the deed.

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Two cavemen, The Duke and Stonejaw Steve, call on Miss Araminta Rockface. The hated rivals fight, and Steve wins when he throws The Duke into a pot of boiling water. A title card introduces a third rival, "our unassuming hero, Theophilus Ivoryhead." Miss Rockface invites the three men into her father's drawing room/cave, apologizing for not offering tea, since it has not been discovered yet. The Duke and Steve fight again, and everyone rushes out of the cave. Mr. Rockface notices his pot of food is empty; earlier, Wild Willie the Missing Link had eaten it. Mr. Rockface tells the three suitors they will have to procure their own dinner. Steve locates a desert quail and shoots an arrow at it, but the arrow misses the quail and happily (for Steve) hits The Duke's behind. Meanwhile, Wild Willie is still hungry and goes hunting for snakes. He finds a dinosaur's tail instead, and when he tries to eat it the dinosaur kills him. Luckily, Theophilus witnesses this scene; after the dinosaur ... Written by sspurli

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Although many of the split-reel shorts that O'Brien made for Edison were abandoned for legal reasons and others were simply shelved, "The Dinosaur and the Missing Link" was reissued by itself under the title "The Dinosaur and the Baboon." See more »

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8 January 2001 | by (Columbus, Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

It's amazing stuff now and it was probably even more so back in 1915. I can't believe it's gotten such low votes! Even if you can't get past its primitive nature (no pun inten ... oh well, what the heck, pun intended), surely you can appreciate it as a dry run for King Kong. Amazingly graceful, fluid movement at times, and O'Brien really must have had some fun scrutinizing every last detail of the missing link's body movements. Obviously the work of someone who cared.


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