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Attacked by a Lion (1912)

Au pays des lions (original title)
In the lone, vast deserts of Morocco, with his nearest neighbor more than thirty miles away, a contented hermit is passing his life. His house is fairly well concealed from the bands of ... See full summary »

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René Sablon
Renée Carl ...
La Morena
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In the lone, vast deserts of Morocco, with his nearest neighbor more than thirty miles away, a contented hermit is passing his life. His house is fairly well concealed from the bands of marauding Arabs who traverse this desolate waste, so that he does not deem it necessary to have any connection with his neighbor, so distant, except by telephone. One night, however, a group of Arabs discovered his hut, and by means of stealth tried to gain admission, for the purpose of pilfering his house and killing him. Their plan, however, is frustrated when the hermit sees them on their approach and opens fire. By virtue of his position the latter is able to withstand the enemy, despite their number. With rifle in one band, he resorts to his telephone and attempts to notify his neighbor of his peril. The Arabs discover this means of communication with outside assistance and, one of the best shots of their number directs his aim at the telephone wire, with the result that he cuts it in two. Part of... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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16 May 1912 (USA)  »

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It is full of the tensest kind of thrills
14 November 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Here is a very big feature picture. It tells an exciting story of adventure, set and photographed one may well believe, in Africa, on the desert's edge. It is full of the tensest kind of thrills. To begin with, Arab pillagers attack a ranch occupied by French colonists. There's a telephone and they call up the next settler, a day's ride over the desert. He starts out alone on horseback. He rides fast and recklessly, over rocks and down steep sand-hills. It is he who is attacked by the lion. We had seen two of these in their lair among the rocks. We also had seen where they had killed a cow; a hyena was finishing the repast. These views are big thrillers; but not so tremendous as the views of the king of beasts, when he comes out to attack his prey and is shot dead by the hunter. These scenes ought to have good sound effects to go with them. Again we see the Arabs shooting into the ranch, which is barricaded. The colonists have used their last cartridge and their home is on fire, when the lion killer dashes in among the white-robed horsemen. His help would have been of scant avail had not his wife, soon after he set out, roused the neighborhood. This gives another big scene; the band of French riders on their gallop to bring assistance. The camera work and scene choosing are fine. Their is much beauty in the picture. We overheard someone say, "That's the best picture I ever saw." - The Moving Picture World, May 25, 1912


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