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The Lost World (1925)

The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam.

Director:

Harry O. Hoyt

Writers:

Arthur Conan Doyle (based upon the 1912 novel by), Marion Fairfax (screenplay)
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Cast

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


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

22 June 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die verlorene Welt See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$547,913, 31 December 1925
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Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White | Color (hand-colored)| Color (tinted and toned)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original 35mm ten-reel print was destroyed in a fire at Universal Studios. See more »

Goofs

The Plateau in the film has been described as a world that is "cut off from evolutionary development." If that were true then dinosaurs from different eras would not be in the same place, nor would there be any ape-men or humanoids. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: [last title card] That's Sir John Roxton - sportsman.
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Version of The Lost World (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lost World
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Rudolf Friml
Lyrics by Harry B. Smith
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The Dawn of O'Brien...and Stop-Motion Animagic
2 June 2002 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Willis O'Brien made some early shorts utilizing his unique concept of special effects, but it was this film, The Lost World, that made his vision first come to life so to speak. O'Brien makes the lost world full of dinosaurs that seemingly do everything. They eat, fight, move, and generally live on screen. The film is a fairly good adaption of Doyle's book, with Doyle even having a cameo in the film. A raging professor named Professor Challenger, played with gusto by Wallace Beery, says that dinosaurs live on a plateau somewhere off in the Amazon. He is disbelieved by all concerned, and he, with the help and support of a rich adventurer, a cynical zoologist, a newsman, and a daughter of a lost professor on a previous journey, sets out to prove that dinosaurs do indeed exist on Earth still. The film has a nice, quick pace and is very entertaining. Beery, Lewis Stone, and Bessie Love all do fine jobs acting. The film has a new marvelous score to go with its silent action. Best of all...the film boasts the special effects of O'Brien's genius. A fine, fine film.


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