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The Lost World [Silent] [1925]
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Director:Harry O. Hoyt
Writer:Marion Fairfax
Composer:R. J. Miller
Length:68 minutes
(1 hour 8 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:100%
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  • Drama
  • Fantasy
  • Sci-Fi
  • Family
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Synopsis: The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam.


Reaction: If you don't mind the silent movie format, this one's enjoyable but campy.


Personal Rating: 6/10

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Harry O. Hoyt => Director
Marion Fairfax => Writer
R. J. Miller => Composer
Arthur Conan Doyle => Novel / Himself
Alma Bennett => Gladys Hungerford (as Miss Alma Bennett)
Arthur Hoyt => Prof. Summerlee (as Mr. Arthur Hoyt)
Bessie Love => Miss Paula White (as Miss Bessie Love)
Bull Montana => Ape-Man (as Mr. Bull Montana)
Charles Wellesley => Maj. Hibbard (as Mr. Charles Wellesley)
Frank Finch Smiles => Austin (Challenger's butler) (as Mr. Frank Smiles)
George Bunny => Colin McArdle (as Mr. George Bunny)
Jules Cowles => Zambo (Roxton's servant) (as Mr. Jules Cowles)
Leo White => Percy Potts (uncredited)
Lewis Stone => Sir John Roxton (as Mr. Lewis Stone)
Lloyd Hughes => Edward E. Malone (as Mr. Lloyd Hughes)
Margaret McWade => Mrs. Challenger (as Miss Margaret McWade)
Wallace Beery => Prof. Challenger (as Mr. Wallace Beery)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • While filming one of the stop-motion scenes, the cameraman spotted a pair of pliers in the picture. So as not to draw attention to them by having them suddenly disappear, he moved them a little at a time until they were out of the shot.
  • When the explorers return to London, there is a shot of the London Pavilion with a flashing sign advertising a showing of The Sea Hawk, a movie in which two of the film's stars, Wallace Beery and Lloyd Hughes, had also appeared.
  • Arthur Conan Doyle attended the movie with his family. He liked it.
  • Was the first in-flight movie, having been shown on an Imperial Airways flight in a converted Handley-Page bomber from London, UK, to Paris, France, in April 1925.
  • This was the first full-length feature film to utilize stop-motion animation in the creation of its creatures.
  • The dinosaurs' appearances were modeled after the illustrations by artist [?] Charles R. Knight.
  • The strange, spiky Triceratops-like dinosaur was based on [?] Charles R. Knight's famous painting of Agathaumas. Nowadays, scientists argue that such a dinosaur even existed. The painting itself was based on very fragmentary fossil remains, thus many features of the animal were purely speculative guesses.