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The Lost World (1925)

Passed | | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | 22 June 1925 (USA)
The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam.

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

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Gross USA:

$547,913, 31 December 1925
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(1991 alternate) | (2000 alternate) | (Kodascope Version) | (original) | (1998 George Eastman House Restoration)

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Trivia

The Brontosaurus head was operated by three men. 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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Referenced in A Black and White World (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lost World
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Rudolf Friml
Lyrics by Harry B. Smith
Published in connection with the movie
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Very impressive for an oldie!
7 July 2005 | by See 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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