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Lorraine of the Lions (1925)

A ship carrying a touring circus troupe sinks at sea, and Lorraine, a young girl, is washed up on a deserted island. Her only companion is a gorilla from the circus, Bimi, who raises her as... See full summary »


Edward Sedgwick


Isadore Bernstein (screenplay), Isadore Bernstein (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Norman Kerry ... Don Mackay
Patsy Ruth Miller ... Lorraine
Fred Humes ... Ape Bimi
Doreen Turner ... Lorraine (at 7)
Harry Todd ... Colby
Philo McCullough ... Hartley
Joseph J. Dowling ... Livingston Sr
Frank Newburg ... Livingston Jr
Rosemary Cooper Rosemary Cooper ... Mrs. Livingston


A ship carrying a touring circus troupe sinks at sea, and Lorraine, a young girl, is washed up on a deserted island. Her only companion is a gorilla from the circus, Bimi, who raises her as its own. Several years later Lorraine's wealthy grandfather, who has hired a psychic to help find her, is led by the psychic to Lorraine's island, and she and Bimi are taken back to "civiliation" in San Francisco, but things don't work out exactly as planned. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Film debut of Walter Brennan. See more »


When Don sits with Lorraine on the sofa he places the book he was holding on the arm of the sofa. When she lays across his lap the book falls to the floor. In the next shot the book is back up on the arm of the sofa. See more »

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"Dan will show you how to behave like a lady."
14 April 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

It all begins when Frank Newberg, his wife and their daughter are returning from Australia with their circus. They're discussing his father, Joseph Dowling. He doesn't approve of the circus life, and wants to raise his grand-daughter who, even at the age of 7, has an uncanny command of the elephants, lions and gorilla. A storm sinks the ship, but she escapes with a few of the animals to a jungle island. Meanwhile, Dowling has a mystic vision and goes around seeking spiritualists who can help him. When he almost runs of Norman Kerry, he discovers a mystic seer, who leads him to that island, discovering that the little girl has grown into Patsy Ruth Miller. She, however, won't leave without her beloved gorilla -- as who would? -- played by Fred Humes. This leads into the third act...

It's an awkwardly assembled movie, with Kerry's character typical. At first he's a depressed spriritualist, refusing to fight against fate, yet by the end of the second act, he's turned into a man of action, and by the third act, has added suaveness to his repertoire. Neither is there much well-executed humor, as one would expect of a film directed by Eddie Sedgwick; it's all Miss Milelr pounding of terrifying animals. Yet despite that, it seems to have its place in movie history. Although gorillas trying to carry young girl across staid lions for immoral purposes seems like a fixed melodramatic trope, the final sequence here, with the gorilla carrying Miss Miller to the top of the house seems like a precursor of the finale of KING KONG.

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11 October 1925 (USA) See more »

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