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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

s expedition to rescue Maple White, who has been marooned at the top of a high plateau. Joined by 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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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stupendous story! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

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

This was the first full-length feature film to utilize stop-motion animation in the creation of its creatures. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Title Card: [last title card] That's Sir John Roxton - sportsman.
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Alternate Versions

In 1991, Lumivision Corporation and International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House copyrighted a version distributed on video Milestone Film & Video. It was produced by Scott MacQueen and had an original music score by R.J. Miller. Although the movie ran 64 minutes, stills were used for missing footage and additional material involving portions of early films about dinosaurs were included, so that the total time of the video was 100 minutes. See more »

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Version of The Lost World (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lost World
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Rudolf Friml
Lyrics by Harry B. Smith
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Very impressive for an oldie!
7 July 2005 | by Travis_MoranSee all my reviews

I guess I'm sort of out of my league discussing this movie as I'm not a silent film fan and know absolutely nothing about silent films.

Still I'm going for it because this movie was good. I liked Jurassic Park and similar movies. And, of course, those had better effects. But what blew my mind was how GOOD the effects were in this movie made 70 years before Jurassic Park. I've seen worse stop-motion animation on movies made 30 years or more after this one ("The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms" and "Jason & the Argonauts" come to mind).

I never read Doyle's book and don't know if it's true to the story, but I liked the idea of the dinosaur being brought back to London and getting loose. (I like those types of movies where the big beast gets loose and wrecks things...Godzilla, Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Reign of Fire, etc.) For all the technical aspects of this movie, you'll need to check out the other reviewers. But from a purely "watching for enjoyment" standpoint, I have to recommend this movie even if it is silent (although the disc I have has a pleasant audio accompaniment).

To sum it up, this movie is not just for silent movie buffs. I really think the average person will enjoy it. I did.


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