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The Lost World -- The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam.
The Lost World -- The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam.
The Lost World -- Triad Productions brings you this 1925 silent film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's book.


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Marion Fairfax (screenplay)
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22 June 1925 (USA) See more »
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Bessie Love ... Paula White (as Miss Bessie Love)

Lewis Stone ... Sir John Roxton (as Mr. Lewis Stone)

Wallace Beery ... 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)

Arthur Conan Doyle ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary the Chimpanzee ... Herself (uncredited)
Virginia Brown Faire ... Marquette - Half-caste Girl (uncredited)
Holmes Herbert ... Angry Man at Meeting (uncredited)
Nelson McDowell ... Lawyer Advising the Editor (uncredited)

Gilbert Roland ... Extra (uncredited)
Leo White ... Percy Potts (uncredited)

Directed by
Harry O. Hoyt (dramatic direction)
Writing credits
Arthur Conan Doyle (based upon the novel by)

Marion Fairfax (screenplay)

Produced by
Scott MacQueen .... producer (1991 alternate version)
David Shepard .... producer (2000 alternate version) (as David H. Shepard)
Earl Hudson .... producer (uncredited)
Jamie White .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Robert Israel (2000)
R.J. Miller (1991)
Cecil Copping (New York premiere) (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Arthur Edeson (photography)
Film Editing by
George McGuire 
Set Decoration by
Milton Menasco (sets by)
Makeup Department
Cecil Holland .... makeup artist: ape-man (uncredited)
Perc Westmore .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William G. Crosby .... assistant director (uncredited)
Milton Menasco .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Milton Menasco .... architecture
Special Effects by
Marcel Delgado .... model construction (uncredited)
Willis H. O'Brien .... special effects (uncredited)
Joseph Leeland Roop .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Joseph Leeland Roop .... stop motion animator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Marcel Delgado .... associate technical director
Ralph Hammeras .... associate technical director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Gemora .... ape-man suit creator (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Israel .... music compiler and director: 2000 alternate version
Frank S. Truda .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Marcel Delgado .... associate researcher
Marion Fairfax .... editorial direction
Ralph Hammeras .... associate researcher
Earl Hudson .... supervised by
Fred Jackman .... chief technician (as Fred W. Jackman)
Devereaux Jennings .... additional technical staffer (as J. Devereaux Jennings)
Hans F. Koenekamp .... additional technical staffer (as Hans Koenekamp)
Willis H. O'Brien .... researcher
Willis H. O'Brien .... technical director
Watterson Rothacker .... by arrangement with (as Watterson R. Rothacker)
Homer Scott .... additional technical staffer
Vernon L. Walker .... additional technical staffer
William Dowling .... additional director (uncredited)
Perry Evans .... trick shot artist (uncredited)
Colby Harriman .... director of presentation (uncredited)
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USA:64 min (1991 alternate version) | USA:93 min (2000 alternate version) | USA:64 min (Kodascope Version) | USA:106 min (original version) | 100 min (1998 George Eastman House Restoration)
Black and White | Color (hand-colored) | Color (tinted and toned)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Spain:T | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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The scene where the dinosaurs flee the volcano was created on a tabletop that was 75 feet wide and 150 feet long.See more »
Factual errors: The newspaper headline announcing Malone's departure is dated in January. Right after this is shown, Malone types that he has been gone for less than three months and it is now December 12th.See more »
Prof. Challenger:[title card] And I'm not here tonight to defend my statements - - but to demand that a committee be formed to go back to the Lost World with me -...See more »
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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Years ahead of its time, 5 October 2006

More than 80 years after its release, the first adaptation of "The Lost World" remains as one of the most influential silent films ever, due to Willis O'Brien pioneer advances in the field of special effects, as it showcases the first time stop motion animation was used to create creatures on a feature length film. These innovation was of huge importance for this and future films, and earned Willis O'Brien and his dinosaurs a place in history as an iconic image in film history, only surpassed by another of O'Brien's creations: King Kong.

Based on Arthur Conan Doyle's novel of the same name, "The Lost World" is the tale of Prof. Challenger's (Wallace Beery) epic quest looking for the living dinosaurs who supposedly live in the deep Amazonic jungle, according to the journal of his fellow explorer Maple White, who disappeared in his last exploration. Maple's daughter, Paula (Bessie Love) joins the expedition looking for her missing father, as well as Sir John Roxton (Lewis Stone), an experienced hunter friend of Challenger. Prof. Summerlee (Arthur Hoyt) goes as well, hoping to prove that Challenger is a fraud, and finally, reporter Edward Malone (Lloyd Hughes) joins the expedition, hoping to prove his girlfriend Gladys (Alma Bennet) that he is brave enough to face death.

Cleverly adapted by Broadway playwright Marion Fairfax (who also adapted in 1922 another of Conan Doyle's works, "Sherlock Holmes"), the film is an excellent mix of action and adventure that even when it's not entirely faithful to the novel, keeps the spirit of wonder and fascination with the unknown. From the obsessive Challenger to the incredulous Summerlee, every character is very detailed and for the most part well constructed, giving each one of them a defined personality and a certain degree depth absent in many silent films.

However, the film's best remembered characteristic is the incredible special effects by Willis O'Brien, who after mastering his craft in short films got his first work in "The Lost World" and changed special effects forever. His imagery is very vivid, and very detailed considering the limited resources he had. Sadly, Harry O. Hoyt's direction takes zero advantage of Fairfax's story and O'Brien's effects, and delivers a simplistic and unoriginal work that adds nothing to the whole work and seems to let the cast and crew do their job. It's not a bad direction as a whole, but it feels uninterested on the many possibilities a film like this posses.

The cast is quite effective, and really does a great job with what they have, starting with legendary Wallace Beery, who as Prof. Challenger delivers one of the best performances in a silent film. Without the aid of sound, Beery shows a wide range of emotions in his complex character and is great in both drama and comedy. Lloyd Hughes is very good as the cowardly Malone, and showcases a talent for comedy as well as a romantic figure, as his character shows interest in Paula White, played by Bessie Love, who makes a fine counterpart to Hughes and delivers a natural, and fresh performance. Lewis Stone completes the cast and his dignified performance as Sir John Roxton is very effective.

It's safe to say that "The Lost World" owes more to O'Brien and Fairfax than to O'Hoyt, and that probably with a more experienced director the film would had been even better. However, the film's real problem has nothing to do with the way it was made, but with the way it was preserved during most of its history. Nowadays there is not a complete version of the movie, most home video versions are of the 64 minutes version, while one (Image) is of a 93 minutes reconstruction. And while probably that version is the closest we can be to the original runtime of the film, it sadly has modernized the dialogs, to the point that some lines are rewritten to fit our modern standards.

Hopefully, one day we'll be able to see "The Lost World" as it was intended to be, but meanwhile, we can still appreciate the enormous importance of its amazing special effects, and how it forecasts films like "Jurassic Park" in many ways. This epic tale of action, adventure and horror has probably not seen a better adaptation than this, the movie that set everything for the arrival of King Kong and changed special effects for ever. 8/10

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