Young and adventurous reporter Edward Malone (Lloyd Hughes) is dispatched by his editor at the London Record Journal to cover a lecture by the boisterous Professor Challenger (Beery), who is convinced that dinosaurs are still roaming the earth. While the community thinks him a crackpot, he finds a believer in the esteemed hunter/explorer Sir John Roxton (Lewis Stone), who befriends Malone. Malone is introduced to Paula White (Bessie Love), whose father was left behind in the Amazon outback to contend with the mammoth creatures; it's the father's diary, featuring sketches of the dinosaurs, that's proof positive for Challenger of their existence. Soon a rescue mission is under way and Paula, Malone, Challenger and Roxton are awestruck by the presence of brontosaurs, pterodactyls and allosaurs right before their eyes! The turbulent assaults of these prehistoric monsters, unexpected encounters and a frenzied volcano sequence make this a spellbinding cinematic experience that won't be forgotten. The spectacular animation effects by Willis O'Brien astonished audiences in 1925 and the plot which anticipates his later masterpiece, King Kong (a brontosaurus goes on a rampage through the streets of London), make this film an influential classic.
Harry Hoyt directed the first film version of the dinosaur-inhabited land that time forgot, featuring wonderful early stop-motion animation by Willis O'Brien. The silent film, based on a story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, features Lewis Stone and the great Wallace Beery as Professor Challenger, as the intrepid explorers who travel to a remote jungle of Brazil to prove the Professor's theories that some prehistoric life might yet still remain. When the company is attacked by an apelike human, they begin to believe, but they have yet to meet the terror and wonder of the supposedly lost Allosaurus, Stegosaurus and Pterodactyl, sixty-five million years past their expiration date!
A zoology professor leads an expedition into the jungles of South America to find a lost world of prehistoric beasts. In order to prove his claims, he transports one of them, a brontosaurus, to London, where it breaks loose from its cage and terrorizes the city.
THE LOST WORLD was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1998.
In 1960, Irwin Allen directed the remake, also entitled THE LOST WORLD. It starred Michael Rennie, Jill St. John, David Hedison, Claude Rains, Fernando Lamas, and Richard Haydn.
Joseph Plunkett was responsible for the film's special prologue.
Additional cast members: Bull Montana (as Apeman), George Bunny (Colin McArdle), and Charles Wellsley (Major Hibbard).
Original running time: 108 minutes. Many later versions of the film run only 60 minutes. This record is for the restored Lumivision laserdisc/Milestone VHS versions, which feature a new musical score by R. J. Miller and supplementary material, including production stills arranged to re-create the legendary missing scenes.
Delightful and true to the spirit of the book
Movie Lover: Spencer Koelle from
Media, PA US -- July, 7, 2006
I truly enjoyed this movie. The characters were well fleshed out, although a little silly at times (the boy who's girlfriend wants him to risk his life for her and goes out to do it, the scientist with a face like a pushbroom). The dinosaurs were spectacular, and I had a sensation of living decades ago and staring back centuries into the past.
A great silent movie classic!
Movie Lover: Bryan Gomez from
Mother Earth -- March, 6, 2004
I love this movie! It was the first silent movie I ever owned, so it holds a special place in my list of great movies. I've always been a fan of dinosaur movies, and found a VHS copy of this at a local Walmart.. in ne of those cheap movie dump bins. I watched it as soon as I got home. Once DVD came around, I knew I had to own it on this great format. When I found this disc at a local Borders I was so excited. Thanks for bringing these classics to us at an affordable cost!
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