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. Running Time: 64 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: NR
With a history as romantic and incredible as the story it relates, we're very fortunate to be able to experience the silent fantasy epic "The Lost World". It's the film that inspired "King Kong", and ultimately "Jurassic Park". Why have you not heard more about this movie before? Well, here unravels a fascinating story.
The advent of sound in movies in 1927 killed off silent cinema within four years flat. Although released in 1925, "The Lost World" was by 1929 regarded obsolete as a sound remake was planned, which eventually became "King Kong". The incredible decision was made that all prints of "The Lost World" were to be destroyed. Miraculously some reels survived, and a 35mm print was found in Prague.
The plot borrows from the Arthur Conan Doyle book of the same name. In it, a Professor Challenger (Wallace Beery) puts together a research team to authenticate his claims to have seen prehistoric monsters in the Brazilian jungle. The sceptical group is soon screaming for their lives upon arrival in a forgotten land, where dinosaurs roam and ape-men rule.
Script continuity is at times quite poor, but back then no-one knew if the technical effects could be made to look realistic enough. The script was duly written so that no effects would be needed, but FX genius Willis O'Brien produced such convincing movie dinosaurs that portions of the script were removed for his work to take centre stage.
While not as exciting as "King Kong", this is still a movie way ahead of its time. The effects often impress, the cinematic scale of it is ambitious, and many of you will recognise direct parallels with Spielberg's "The Lost World: Jurassic Park". www.bbc.co.uk/films
This it what you would consider the Jurassic Park of its time. The movie had great special effects considering how old it is. The image looks amazing for its age. I like the way they did the color tinting in this film. they used a brownish tint for day and a bluish tint for night to get away from the boring black and white look. This is a great remastering of this film and would recommend it if you have not yet seen it. Written by Jenny Goodrich
Harry O. Hoyt
Arthur Conan Doyle
Bessie Love ... Miss 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 ... Edward E. Malone (as Mr. Lloyd Hughes)
Alma Bennett ... Gladys Hungerford (as Miss Alma Bennett)
Arthur Hoyt ... Prof. Summerlee (as Mr. Arthur Hoyt)
Margaret McWade ... Mrs. Challenger (as Miss Margaret McWade)
Bull Montana ... Ape-Man (as Mr. Bull Montana)
Frank Finch Smiles ... Austin (Challenger's butler) (as Mr. Frank Smiles)
Jules Cowles ... Zambo (Roxton's servant) (as Mr. Jules Cowles)
George Bunny ... Colin McArdle (as Mr. George Bunny)
Charles Wellesley ... Maj. Hibbard (as Mr. Charles Wellesley)
Jocko the Monkey ... Jocko
Arthur Conan Doyle ... Himself
Best Animated Home Video Release - Nominated
National Film Preservation Board
National Film Registry
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