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The Lost World (1925)

 -  Adventure | Fantasy  -  22 June 1925 (USA)
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The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam.

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Complete credited cast:
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Paula White (as Miss Bessie Love)
Lewis Stone ...
Sir John Roxton (as Mr. Lewis Stone)
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Professor Challenger (as Mr. Wallace Beery)
Lloyd Hughes ...
Ed Malone (as Mr. Lloyd Hughes)
Alma Bennett ...
Gladys Hungerford (as Miss Alma Bennett)
Arthur Hoyt ...
Professor Summerlee (as Mr. Arthur Hoyt)
Margaret McWade ...
Mrs. Challenger (as Miss Margaret McWade)
Bull Montana ...
Ape-man (as Mr. Bull Montana)
Frank Finch Smiles ...
Austin (as Mr. Finch Smiles)
Jules Cowles ...
Zambo (as Mr. Jules Cowles)
George Bunny ...
Colin McArdle (as Mr. George Bunny)
Charles Wellesley ...
Major Hibbard (as Mr. Charles Wellsley)
Jocko the Monkey ...
Himself (as Jocko)
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Himself
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Storyline

Explorer Professor Challenger is taking quite a beating in the London press thanks to his claim that living dinosaurs exist in the far reaches of the Amazon. Newspaper reporter Edward Malone learns that this claim originates from a diary given to him by fellow explorer Maple White's daughter, Paula. Malone's paper funds an expedition to rescue Maple White, who has been marooned at the top of a high plateau. Joined by renowned hunter John Roxton, and others, the group goes to South America, where they do indeed find a plateau inhabited by pre-historic creatures, one of which they even manage to bring back to London with them. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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See the mighty prehistoric monsters clash with modern lovers in a most remarkable story of love, romance and amazing adventure. See more »

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Adventure | Fantasy

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22 June 1925 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die verlorene Welt  »

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(1991 alternate) | (2000 alternate) | (Kodascope Version) | (original) | (1998 George Eastman House Restoration)

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of their boat journey in the Amazon forest, a bird appears in the bushes at the right side of the screen. The bird is obviously thrown into the shot by someone. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: [first title card] In the office of the London Record Journal.
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Referenced in Gorgo: Behind the Scenes (2000) See more »

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The Lost World
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Rudolf Friml
Lyrics by Harry B. Smith
Published in connection with the movie
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The newly restored version is as good as it gets.
19 May 2001 | by (Akron, Ohio.) – See all my reviews

The new version released by Image Entertainment is simply the best you're going to get on this film. The image quality is excellent, a few lines & scratches here and there, but much, much better than the old worn and edited prints that have been circulating for who knows how long. The first scene you see is newly restored, giving a look at Gladys and Malone and why she won't marry him (in the old version we never saw this, instead it started out at the London Record Journal office). And there is so much more, expanding on scenes, scenes I had no idea about, and the soundtrack by the Alloy Orchestra is superb. A truly great experience, finally an acceptable version.


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