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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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29 April 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Dinosaur and the Missing Link, The (1915)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Edison short running five minutes from Willis O'Brien who would later go onto create The Lost World and King Kong. In this film, three cavemen are trying to win the affections of a woman but she will pick the winner from whoever kills a missing link that is terrorizing them. The winner eventually gets the girl but in fact he had some help from a dinosaur. This is a very entertaining and fun short even though it really can't compare to D.W. Griffith's two prehistoric films, Man's Genesis and Brute Force. The claymation effects here are very well done and I really loved the look of the missing link and the cavemen. The highlight of the film is a scene where the missing link is eating the guts out of a dead animal and this is a scene you have to see for yourself just to believe. The dinosaur is actually the weakest thing in the movie but it doesn't take away from any of the fun.


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