~The Lost World~
1925
Directed by: Harry O. Hoyt

Written by:
Marion Fairfax - screenplay

Based upon the 1912 novel by Arthur Conan Doyle
~Cast~

Bessie Love ... Paula White
Lewis Stone ... Sir John Roxton
Wallace Beery ... Prof. Challenger
Lloyd Hughes ... Ed Malone
Alma Bennett ... Gladys Hungerford
Arthur Hoyt ... Prof. Summerlee
Margaret McWade ... Mrs. Challenger
Bull Montana ... Ape-man
Frank Finch Smiles ... Austin
Jules Cowles ... Zambo
George Bunny ... Colin McArdle
Charles Wellesley ... Maj. Hibbard
Jocko the Monkey  ... Jocko - the Monkey
Arthur Conan Doyle ... Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Mary the Chimpanzee ... Mary - the Chimpanzee (uncredited)
Malcolm Denny ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Virginia Brown Faire ... Marquette - Half-Caste Girl (uncredited)
Holmes Herbert ... Angry Man at Meeting (uncredited)
George Marion ... Old Professor (uncredited)
Nelson McDowell ... Lawyer Advising the Editor (uncredited)
Gilbert Roland ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Leo White ... Percy Potts (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: First National Pictures

Produced by: Scott MacQueen (1991 alternate version)
Produced by: Earl Hudson (uncredited)
Executive Producer: Jamie White
Music by: Robert Israel (2000) & R.J. Miller (1991)
Cecil Copping - New York premiere (uncredited)
Cinematography by: Arthur Edeson
Film Editing by: George McGuire
Set Decoration by: Milton Menasco
Makeup Supervisor: Pere Westmore (uncredited)
Makeup Artist: Cecil Holland - ape-man (uncredited)
Assistant Directors: William G. Crosby (uncredited) & Milton Menasco (uncredited)
Architecture by: Milton Menasco
Model Construction by: Marcel Delgado (uncredited)
Special Effects by: Willis H. O'Brien
Special Effects Assistant/Stop Motion Animator: Joseph Leeland Roop
Associate Technical Directors: Marcel Delgado & Ralph Hammeras
Minatures by: Cleo E. Baker (uncredited)
Assistant Cameraman: Roy Carpenter (uncredited)
Ape-Man Suit Creator: Charles Gemora (uncredited)
Music Compiler and Director for 2000 Version: Robert Israel
Musical Director: Frank S. Truda (uncredited)
Associate Researchers: Marcel Delgado and Ralph Hammeras
Editorial Direction by: Marion Fairfax
Supervised by: Earl Hudson
Chief Technician: Fred Jackman
Additional Technical Staffers: Devereaux Jennings, Hans F. Koenekamp, Homer Scott, Vernon L.
Walker
Researcher & Technical Director: Willis H. O'Brien
Watterson Rothacker        ...       Musical by Arrangement by Watterson Rothacker
Additional Director: William Dowling (uncredited)
Trick Shot Artist: Perry Evans (uncredited)
Director of Presentation: Colby Harriman (uncredited)

Length: 10 Reels
Runtime: 106 Minutes (original version)
Released: June 22, 1925

Note: This was the first full-length feature film to utilize stop-motion animation in the
creation of its creatures.
~Plot Synopsis~
When Edward E. “Ed” Malone, reporter for the Record-Journal in London, England, begs for a
“dangerous assignment” to impress his fiancée, managing editor Colin McArdle sends him to the
Zoological Hall, where Professor Challenger is presenting a paper to disbelieving students and faculty
that details his recent South American expedition. Challenger is antagonistic toward the press for
ridiculing his assertion that a “lost world” of prehistoric creatures exists on a nearly inaccessible
“great plateau” above the jungle. During his presentation, Challenger asks for volunteers to join him
on a new expedition to prove his claim and find his colleague, Maple White, who disappeared on the
plateau. Thanks to his friendship with big game hunter Sir John Roxton, Ed Malone convinces the
professor to include him on the expedition, and then gets the Record-Journal to finance the
expedition in return for exclusive story rights. Challenger introduces Ed to Maple White’s daughter,
Paula, who was in the Amazon when her father disappeared. She did not make it to the plateau due to
illness. Challenger, Roxton, Ed, Professor Summerlee, Paula White, her pet capuchin monkey named
Jacko, Challenger’s butler Austin, and an Indian named Zambo travel to the upper reaches of the
Amazon. Leaving Austin and Zambo below, the five, along with Jacko, climb to the plateau. All but the
capuchin are trapped when a brontosaurus tips their log bridge into a chasm. Penetrating the jungle,
the explorers encounter an apeman, a flying pteranodon, and dozens of lumbering dinosaurs. During
one of several battles between dinosaurs, a brontosaurus is pushed over a cliff and lands in a muddy
river below. Although John Roxton expresses his love for Paula, she is attracted to the much younger
Ed Malone, and they develop a relationship. When the explorers find safety in a cave from a vicious
allosaurus, John Roxton discovers Maple White’s remains, along with a pocket watch, which he gives
to Paula. He also finds a natural tunnel that ends midway down a cliff, where he is able to call out to
Zambo and Austin below. They send Paula’s capuchin, Jacko, scrambling up the cliff with a rope,
allowing the trapped explorers to pull up a ladder made of vines and make their descent, just as a
volcanic eruption sets the jungle on fire. Seeing the fallen brontosaurus stuck in the mud, Challenger
decides to bring in a dredge, cage the dinosaur on a raft, and float it down the Amazon during the
upcoming rains to prove to the world it exists. However, in London, the brontosaurus escapes when
its cage is dropped on the dock. The creature terrorizes the city and smashes buildings until its
weight collapses a section of the Tower Bridge, dropping it into the Thames River. As the dinosaur
swims toward the ocean, Ed and Paula ride off together in a cab, and John Roxton, always the
sportsman, wishes them well.