- Title: CF238
THE LOST WORLD (B&W 1925) Feature film
Dinosaur, dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Stegosaurus. Dinosaurs fight, eating, Pterodactyl flying, explorers, jungle, man in monkey suit, monsters, monster on the loose in London, rushing crowds.
Clip of Arthur Conan Doyle – really nice shot of him in a garden with a dog. News reporter Edward Malone wants to proose to his girlfriend but she refuses. He wants to be assigned to a dangerous expedition to impress her. He’s sent to interview Professor Challenger at the Zoological Hall. Challenger is proposing that dinosaurs still walk the earth. Met with ridicule, he reluctantly accepts a newspaper's offer to finance a mission to rescue Maple White. They meet Paula White who had brought the journal of her father explorer Maple White to the eccentric Professor Challenger in London, featureing sketches of dinosaurs. This is the proof for Challenger to publicly announce that dinosaurs still walk the earth. Professor Challenger, Paula White, sportsman Sir John Roxton, Edward Malone, a sceptical professor Summerlee, an Indian servant Zambo, and Challenger's butler Austin all leave on an expedition to see the lost world, going to a plateau in Venezuela
Great early animation, various dinosaurs. At their campsite at the base of the plateau, the explorers are shocked when a large rock falls, sent their way by an ape-man perched on top of an overhead ledge. As the crew look up to see their attacker, Challenger spies overhead a Pteranodon (mistakenly calling it a Pterodactylus) killing and eating a young Toxodon which proves that the statements in Maple White's diary are true. Leaving Zambo and Austin at the camp, they cross a chasm onto the plateau by cutting down a tree and using it as a bridge, but it is knocked over by a Brontosaurus, leaving them trapped.
10:44: 54:22 Animation. An Allosaurus attacks an Edmontosaurus, and knocks it into a bog. The Allosaurus then attacks, and is driven off by a Triceratops. Eventually, the Allosaurus makes its way to the campsite and attacks the exploration party. It is finally driven off by Ed who tosses a torch into its mouth. Convinced that the camp isn't safe, Ed climbs a tree to look for a new location, but is attacked by an ape-man. Roxton succeeds in shooting the ape-man, but the creature is merely wounded and escapes before he can finish him off. Meanwhile, an Agathaumas is attacked by the Allosaurus, and gores it to death. Suddenly, a Tyrannosaurus attacks and kills the Agathaumas, along with an unfortunate Pteranodon.
The explorers then make preparations to live on the plateau potentially indefinitely. A catapult is constructed and during a search for Maple White, Roxton finds his remains, confirming his death. It is at this time that Ed confesses his love for Paula and the two are unofficially wed by Summerlee who used to be a minister.
Shortly afterwards, as the paleontologists are observing the Brontosaurus, an Allosaurus attacks it and the Brontosaurus falls off the edge of the plateau, becoming trapped in a mud bank at the base of the plateau. Soon afterwards, a volcano erupts causing a mass stampede among the giant creatures of the lost world. The crew is saved when Paula's pet monkey Jocko climbs up the plateau carrying a rope. The crew use the rope to pull up a rope ladder constructed by Zambo and Austin and then climb down.
As Ed makes his descent, he is again attacked by the ape-man who pulls the rope ladder. The ape-man is again shot and finally killed by Roxton. They discover the Brontosaurus that had been pushed off the plateau had landed softly in the mud of the river, trapped but still alive, and Challenger manages to bring it back to London, as he wants to put it on display as proof of his story.
However, while being unloaded from the ship it escapes and causes havoc until it reaches Tower Bridge, where its massive weight causes a collapse, and it swims down the River Thames. Challenger is morose as the creature leaves. Ed discovers that the love he left in London has married in his absence, allowing him and Paula to be together. Roxton morosely but gallantly hides his love for Paula as Paula and Ed leave together, while two passersby note: "That's Sir John Roxton—sportsman."
- Keywords:1920s, FEATURE FILM, EARLY FILM, EARLY ANIMATION LOST WORLD, DINOSAURS, ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
- Master Title:CF238